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Reliant Energy, Houston Texans' Ahman Green and Matt Schaub Team to Hold News Conference, Book Signing to Raise Awareness about Autism
Date:10/15/2007

Reliant, Texans Players to Announce the Houston Tackles Autism Campaign

HOUSTON, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub and running back Ahman Green, representatives from Reliant Energy, Easter Seals, Papa John's and Houston Independent School District are holding a news conference to raise awareness about Autism and other disabilities and to promote the coloring book Playing Together: Tips from the Pros.

All proceeds from the sales of the newly created coloring book, Playing Together: Tips from the Pros, will benefit Easter Seals, a nationwide, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities and special needs children. In the book, some of Houston's favorite sports stars will share tips to help kids look past disabilities and understand that kids with disabilities are just kids.

WHAT: News conference/book signing

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 16

News conference, 1 p.m.

Book signing and photograph opportunities following

news conference

WHERE: Thompson Elementary School

6121 Tierwester

Houston, TX 77021

"Caring for the communities where we live and work is one of Reliant Energy's core values. That's why we're proud to support the Houston Tackles Autism campaign by producing this coloring book," said Mark Jacobs, Reliant Energy president and CEO. "We are excited to partner with Papa John's and Easter Seals to raise money to help those with disabilities to get the personalized treatments and support they need."

Reliant Energy has published 40,000 copies of Playing Together: Tips from the Pros and will be giving 17,000 to kindergartners in HISD. The book will be available for $3 beginning Oct. 16 at all Houston-area Papa John's stores.

There are 54 million Americans with disabilities and almost half are school-aged children, many of whom are in or entering mainstreamed school settings. Playing Together: Tips from the Pros is intended to be used as a tool in helping early childhood and kindergarten students build new images and influence their attitudes about people with disabilities.

About Easter Seals: Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical and mental disabilities, and other special needs. For more than 85 years, Easter Seals has been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in their communities. Support children and adults with disabilities at http://www.easterseals.com.

About Papa John's: Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John's was founded on a commitment to quality since its beginnings in 1985. Part of this commitment includes giving back to the communities in which its team members, franchisees and customers live and work. Papa John's believes that being involved in the community helps to provide a higher quality of life for its residents. For more information, visit http://www.papajohns.com.

About Reliant Energy, Inc.: Reliant Energy, Inc. (NYSE: RRI), based in Houston, provides electricity and energy services to retail and wholesale customers in the United States. In Texas, the company provides service to approximately 1.9 million retail electricity customers, including residential and small business customers and large commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional customers.

Reliant also serves commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional customers in the PJM (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland) market. The company is one of the largest independent power producers in the nation with approximately 16,000 megawatts of power generation capacity across the United States. These strategically located generating assets utilize natural gas, fuel oil and coal. For more information, visit http://www.reliant.com.


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