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Mar 07 Berg to Ring New York Stock Exchange Bell

Feb. 26, 2009, 6:22 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 26, 2009) - Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), a two-time Olympian with the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team, will assist the Jack Brewer Foundation in ringing the New York Stock Exchange closing bell at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 27.

As a Jack Brewer Foundation supporter, Berg will assist in ringing the closing bell along with Foundation founder Jack Brewer, Congressman Charles Rangel and Dallas Cowboy Marion Barber.

"This is such a huge honor for me to ring the New York Stock Exchange Bell," Berg said. "Ringing the bell and being a part of the Jack Brewer Foundation is yet another great and positive experience in my life. I am proud to be able to join some other very prestigious people who have had the opportunity to ring the bell. But more importantly, I am happy to be here to support my friend Jack and his foundation. Sometime in the near future, I would like to develop a foundation of my own and become more active in the community."

Brewer, a former National Football League player, founded the JBF in April 2006 as an organization of many initiatives, including a notable microfinance fund benefiting families of Malawi, a country in southeast Africa. Berg said the foundation promotes education, diversity and career development worldwide. According to the foundation Web site (www.jackbrewerfoundation.org), part of its mission is to "target underprivileged youth who exhibit a drive to succeed and providing them with the resources necessary to achieve their educational and professional goals."

Berg has known Brewer since her freshman year in college when both attended the University of Minnesota together. Barber also played football at Minnesota with Brewer. Brewer will be presented with a prestigious Congressional Certificate by Rangel at the 2nd Annual JBF Winter Fundraiser on Feb. 26.

Berg, USA Volleyball's Women's Indoor Player of the Year for 2008, earned a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She played a key role as one of two setters and the co-captain by helping to stabilize the squad dealing with the magnitude of the Olympic Games under difficult situations.

Berg, competing at less than 100 percent full strength in her left knee that required surgery last September, played in 25 of the 33 sets during the Olympic Games in which the squad turned in a .250 team hitting efficiency and a 41 percent kill ratio. The setting combination of Berg and Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (Honolulu) played a key role in Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) earning the Best Scorer title during the Olympic Games.

Berg played a pivotal role during the Olympic Games quarterfinal round against Italy on Aug. 19. With the U.S. trailing 2-1 in sets, she took the service line to start the fourth set and promptly served the Americans to an 8-0 lead en route to a 25-18 victory. Berg again started the tiebreaking fifth set at the service line and did not yield the serve until the U.S. was in front with a 5-0 score. Team USA went on to win the set 15-6 to advance to the medal round. Berg tallied three aces, a block and 21 assists in the match.

After playing as a reserve in all three sets in the semifinal victory over Cuba on Aug. 21, Berg played a larger role during the gold medal match against Brazil. She started three of the four sets for Team USA and helped the U.S. become the only team at the Olympics to win a set against the eventual gold medalist. The Americans won the second set 25-18 and were leading 18-16 in the fourth set before succumbing in the end.

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