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Shaw Design-A-Rug Challenge Open to 2011 Special Olympics Athletes

Shaw Design-A-Rug Challenge Open to 2011 Special Olympics Georgia Athletes

Rug challenge encourages creativity, connection with Dalton, GA.

Dalton, Ga. - October 7, 2011- Shaw Industries Inc., the world's largest carpet manufacturer and a leading flooring provider, has announced the introduction of the Shaw Design-A-Rug Challenge, open to all athletes taking part in the Special Olympics Georgia 2011 State Fall Games, Oct. 21 - 23. The challenge is designed to provide a unique Dalton, Georgia-inspired educational experience through enticing creativity and fun for the 1,500 athletes expected to participate in the games. Shaw is an event sponsor this year, supporting the Opening Ceremony, Oct. 21 at the Dalton Trade Center, and awards presentations for all sporting competitions.

From the pool of Design-A-Rug Challenge creative submissions, one design will be chosen to appear on a 5' x 8' Shaw area rug. This specially designed rug will be awarded to the winning participant and will also be displayed in the Special Olympics Georgia headquarters for visitors to enjoy for years to come. Athletes can find a form in the Special Olympics Georgia 2011 program; in the October Special Olympics Georgia e-newsletter; and will also have a chance to design on-premises during the Opening Ceremony event, Oct. 21. Forms must be postmarked by November 11, and the winning design will be announced by November 30, 2011. Shaw will begin accepting submissions today.

"We hope that the Shaw Design-A-Rug Challenge will provide an exciting opportunity for the athletes to participate in a creative challenge associated with the flooring industry, which is such an integral part of the Dalton, Ga. community," said Shaw CEO Vance Bell. "The priority is to ensure that the participants have fun, and that their families feel welcomed by our community. We are eager to see the designs the athletes create for a Shaw area rug."

This year's State Fall Games will consist of a variety of sports competitions, including softball, bocce, cycling, long distance walking & running and golf. Shaw associates will volunteer during competitions at select venues throughout Dalton, Ga., including Heritage Point Park, Knob North Golf Club and Downtown Dalton Square.

Learn more by visiting www.specialolympicsga.org/

About Shaw

Shaw Industries Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., is the world's largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floorcovering provider with more than $4 billion in annual sales and approximately 25,000 associates worldwide. Headquartered in Dalton, Ga., the company manufactures and distributes carpeting, rugs, hardwood, laminate and ceramic tile for residential and commercial applications worldwide. A recognized leader in environmental stewardship, Shaw has implemented hundreds of sustainability initiatives and Cradle to Cradle design solutions, collectively termed the Shaw Green Edge. For more information, visit shawfloors.com.

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The goal is to help bring persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. When this goal is achieved through the sports program, it demonstrates that Special Olympics has a unique value: to show the world that every person counts and that every person can be something good when everyone works together. Special Olympics Georgia invests in people with intellectual disabilities, helping them to develop athletic skills, while also promoting the abilities of the athletes off the field.