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Don't know if this is like old news or sth...but...i was LMAO at this. and since we've got so many rogi and andy fans here... figured u'd like to check this out.

ATP Unveils Super Bowl Sculptures of Federer & Roddick to Support Children’s Charity

The ATP drew inspiration from the world's top two tennis players—Roger Federer and Andy Roddick—to support a children's charity based near its International Headquarters in Florida. The governing body of the men's international tennis circuit today unveiled two large sculptures of manatees bearing the likenesses of Federer and Roddick in Jacksonville, Florida, where they will remain on display through February 2005 when the city hosts the NFL's Super Bowl.

The ATP purchased the sculptures to aid the Sea Cows for Kids project, with proceeds to benefit the Otis Smith Kids Foundation. The latest project, which was showcased in a downtown ceremony, continues the ATP's consistently strong support of children's charities. The ATP also will serve as host during the Super Bowl for the “Taste of the NFL” event that will benefit America's Second Harvest, which addresses the needs of the hungry and homeless.

“Roger and Andy are generating enormous interest throughout the sports world not only for their on-court performance but also for the passion that they are bringing to their off-court charitable efforts,” said Chris Clouser, Chairman of the ATP Foundation. “We therefore felt it fitting and fun to showcase them in this fashion, continuing our on-going support of the Otis Smith Kids Foundation. The ‘Roger vs. Andy' sculptures will certainly be a big hit in Jacksonville before and during the Super Bowl.”

Federer and Roddick, who are seeded No. 1 and No. 2 respectively at the US Open that began Monday, are lighting up the ATP circuit with their high-octane play and budding rivalry. In the past three months, searches of their head-to-head rivalry statistics have tripled on, and there have been more than 600,000 visits to their profile pages since May.

The Sea Cows for Kids project is modeled after the Cows on Parade concept first produced in Chicago several years ago. Local businesses and individuals "adopt" a manatee, each of which has been designed and created by a local artist or group. The ATP's sculptures were designed and produced by ATP graphic designers LeAnn Silva and John O'Toole, who work on and other ATP projects. Among other local organizations supporting the cause is the PGA Tour, also based in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The Otis Smith Kids Foundation provides programs and services to underprivileged children in Northeast Florida in the areas of education, personal development and recreation. Founder Otis F. Smith is a Jacksonville native and former NBA star who is committed to helping children learn, grow and achieve not only as students but as individuals as well.

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