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    Conoco Sponsors Special Day

    Annual sporting clays tournament "aims" to win support for Special Olympics.

    HOUSTON -- Conoco is "setting its sights" on having 600 marksmen at the third annual Conoco Sporting Clays Tournament March 23.

    The Lewis Class 50-target tournament in Houston has already attracted 300 participants and $60,000 in sponsorship and registration fees, which cost $100 per individual and $500 per team. All registration fees will be donated to Special Olympics of Texas.

    "Our goal is to raise $100,000 for Special Olympics, doubling our proceeds over last year," said Rob McKee, Conoco executive vice president of exploration and production.

    Tournament proceeds will help reach out to many of the estimated 12,000 physically and mentally challenged individuals in Conoco's marketing areas in Texas.

    "Every citizen is entitled to the opportunity for a good quality of life and to be productive," McKee said. "Special Olympics is a cutting-edge organization with a mission to help athletes enhance their self esteem, live independent lives, strengthen families, and facilitate social competence through sports training and leadership programs."

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