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Office of Governor Gary Locke
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 30, 1997
Contact:  Governor's Communications Office, 360-902-4136

Rose Bowl challenge between Gov. Locke and Gov. Engler of Michigan to benefit literacy

OLYMPIA - Gov. Gary Locke and Gov. John Engler of Michigan have agreed to a friendly rivalry over the Rose Bowl match between Washington State University and the University of Michigan.

The Rose Bowl challenge calls for the losing state's governor's office to donate books to a reading program of the winning state's choice. The two governors will announce after the Rose Bowl which reading program will benefit from this challenge.

"Regardless of the outcome of the game the big winner will be literacy," said Locke. "I know the children in our state will greatly benefit from the books donated by the governor's office in Michigan."

"With books as the wager, literacy will win no matter which team is hailed as the victor on the field," Engler said. "However, I'm confident any sports history books written about this college football season are going to be about Michigan."

The Washington State Cougars and the Wolverines of Michigan square-off in the 109th Tournament of Roses on January 1, in Pasadena.

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