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U.S. Soccer Team Putting Vision in Focus for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and U.S. Soccer Federation team up to give

U.S. athletes a performance edge with better vision

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., manufacturer and marketer of ACUVUE(R) Brand Contact Lenses, today announced it is an official sponsor of the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF), the national governing body for the sport of soccer in the United States.

Under terms of the agreement, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care will sponsor the U.S. Men's National Team, the U.S. Women's National Team and the U.S. Youth National Teams in 2008. In addition, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care will provide national team members with ACUVUE(R) Contact Lenses -- the official lens of the U.S. National Teams -- when an eye exam determines that a corrective ACUVUE contact lens is right for them.

Through the USSF sponsorship, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care will educate athletes and fans about the important role vision plays in sports performance. The outreach will also extend beyond sports by showing the benefits of better vision in other aspects of daily life, such as driving, working on a computer, or in the classroom.

U.S. Women's National Team member Heather O'Reilly will play a leading role in the efforts to educate athletes and other performance-minded individuals by sharing her personal story about the valuable role of vision in life.

"I didn't realize how much my bad eyesight was affecting me on the field until an eye exam revealed that my vision was less than it should be," said O'Reilly. "With proper vision correction, I've noticed a change in my game. I can actually see the spin of the ball, which helps me anticipate where it's heading and makes my shots and passes more precise."

"Good vision is critical to achievement in athletics and life," said Gigi Garcia, head athletic trainer for the Women's National Team. "While training and practice are important to hone and refine skills, it's not possible to fully apply these skills at a high level without good vision."

About the Johnson & Johnson Olympic Partnership

Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., is an Official Partner of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, a Worldwide Partner of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and a Proud Partner of the United States Olympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic Team. As the Official Health Care Products Sponsor, the Johnson & Johnson sponsorship encompasses the Company's consumer health care products and medical devices, and marks the first time a broad health care products company has become a worldwide partner of the IOC.

About Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

The VISTAKON(R) division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. specializes in disposable contact lenses, which it markets under such brand names as ACUVUE(R), ACUVUE(R) ADVANCE(R) with HYDRACLEAR(TM), ACUVUE(R) ADVANCE(R) for ASTIGMATISM, ACUVUE(R) OASYS(TM) with HYDRACLEAR(TM) Plus, 1-DAY ACUVUE(R) MOIST(TM) and ACUVUE(R) 2 COLOURS(TM).

ACUVUE(R) Brand Contact Lenses are indicated for vision correction. Eye problems, including corneal ulcers, can develop. Some wearers may experience mild irritation, itching or discomfort. Lenses should not be prescribed if patients have any eye infection or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. Consult the package insert for complete information. Complete information is also available from VISTAKON(R), Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., by calling 1-800-843-2020 or by visiting

About U.S. Soccer

As the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States, U.S. Soccer has helped chart the course for the sport in the USA since 1913. In that time, the Federation's mission statement has been very simple and very clear: to make soccer, in all its forms, a preeminent sport in the United States and to continue the development of soccer at all recreational and competitive levels. To that end, the sports growth in the past two decades has been nothing short of remarkable. In that time frame, the U.S. has hosted three different World Cup competitions, the U.S. Men's National Team has played in five straight World Cups, the U.S. Women have won two Women's World Cups and two Olympic gold medals, and the organization's focus on player and facility development has seen the formation of Major League Soccer, numerous soccer-specific stadiums, a comprehensive Youth National Team program and most recently the creation of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. For more information on the U.S. Soccer Federation please visit

ACUVUE(R), HYDRACLEAR(TM), and VISTAKON(R) are trademarks of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

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