Sprint, Boys & Girls Club of Chicago and America SCORES Chicago partner for opening ceremonies at Copa Centenario

Sprint to give away free pairs of tickets to the USA vs. Costa Rica soccer match and other prizes at Landon Donovan’s meet and greet for first several fans to tweet picture

CHICAGO (BUSINESS WIRE), June 03, 2016 - Sixty-four Chicago students, ages 14-16, will have the unique opportunity to experience the historic 2016 Copa América Centenario matches directly from the field. Sprint (NYSE: S), an official partner of Copa América Centenario, has teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago’s Little Village Club and America SCORES Chicago by offering their members a chance to represent the City as flagbearers at opening ceremonies during the matches on June 5, 7, 10 and 22 at Soldier Field.

These students are soccer enthusiasts so for many it’s both an honor for them to serve as a flagbearer, and a dream come true,” said Jim Mills, Sprint President of Illinois and Wisconsin. “We’re proud to work alongside Boys & Girls Club of Chicago and America SCORES Chicago to offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to our local youth.”

This year’s Copa América is not only designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Copa América but it is also a chance to bring all of the Americas into one competition for the first time. Ten U.S.-based venues will host the prestigious South American tournament, including Chicago.

The flagbearers’ responsibilities include leading the referees and players onto the pitch for the start of the match and to position the country flags for the playing of the national anthems of the competing teams. Tickets to watch the matches will be provided to all of the flagbearers and their chaperones as well as specially created uniforms, meals and refreshments.

Landon Donovan, soccer legend, will be meeting with fans on Monday, June 6 from 5 – 7 p.m. at a local Sprint store in the Thompson Center. During the meet-and-greet, Sprint will be giving away free pairs of tickets to the USA vs. Costa Rica soccer match on June 7 and other prizes for the first several fans to tweet a picture on-site with the hashtags #Sprint4Chi and #Sprint4Copa. No purchase is necessary.

Experience Copa América Centenario with Sprint

Sprint is creating an immersive and engaging fan experience at 27 matches which may include an interactive digital wall, 360° photo booth where fans will get digital downloads of their photos for social sharing and charging stations. In addition, some locations will feature appearances and autograph signings from famous soccer legends.

Fans can learn why now is the perfect time to try Sprint and its 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee,which invites consumers to experience America’s fastest LTE Network. The Sprint LTE Network delivers the fastest download speedsand is more reliable with better coverage than ever. If you’re not satisfied, just return your phone and Sprint will refund your money. No gimmicks; it’s that simple. Best of all, new customers continue to have the opportunity to save 50 percent off most AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon standard rate plans when they switch to Sprint.3 In addition, Sprint will cover switching fees up to $650 per line.4

Score 50 percent off Rides to Copa América Centenario

Sprint is partnering with Uber to provide 50 percent off rides (up to $25) to all Copa America 2016 matches. For more information please visit www.sprint.com/copa.

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 58.8 million connections as of March 31, 2016 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

About Boys & Girls Club of Chicago

Serving Chicago families since 1902, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago (BGCC) uses a comprehensive blend of mentoring and programming to provide youth ages 6 to 18 the tools they need to become well-rounded and successful adults. Filling the after-school hours, which can be the most dangerous for young people, BGCC offers academic, social, and leadership activities for students in some of Chicago’s most challenged neighborhoods. We match youth with professional adult mentors, giving kids a safe place to learn, grow, and succeed. Learn more at: http://www.bgcc.org.

About America SCORES Chicago

America SCORES Chicago serves more than 1,500 students annually in 10 schools across the North Lawndale, Little Village, Garfield Park and Pilsen neighborhoods. Nationally, America SCORES affiliates partner with over 150 public schools in 14 major cities to provide high quality after school programming. Integrating soccer, poetry and service learning, the innovative program improves at-risk students’ health, academic achievement and civic engagement. The mission is to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. Learn more at www.AmericaSCORESChicago.org.

1 Valid for a limited time. If a new customer or an existing customer adds a line of service (phone, tablet or MBB) and deactivates within 30 days, Sprint will credit all device charges (Installment Billing, Lease, or Early Termination Fee, when device is returned) and reimburse the customer for the device purchase, price or down payment, activation fee, MRC, and all associated taxes and fees. The following charges will not reimbursed: Premium content, third-party billing, any international charges not included in your plan (e.g. international voice roaming) and any associated taxes and Sprint surcharges. As an example, overage, per minute international services with a cost outside of plan MRC are considered nonstandard usage.
2 Claim based on Sprint’s analysis of average LTE download speeds using Nielsen NMP data (December 2015 through February 2016). Actual download speeds may vary by location and device capability.
3 Discount applies to base monthly service plan and access charges only. Discount does not apply to certain charges such as taxes, surcharges, roaming, premium content, add-ons, and apps. New plan features may not be an exact match. Discount offer excludes competitor promos/sales and is limited to consumer plans as of April 8, 2016 for: Verizon’s shared data rate plans for 1GB, 3GB, 6GB, 12GB, 18GB, 20GB, 25GB, 30GB, 40GB and 50GB; T-Mobile’s Simple Choice rate plan prices for 2GB, 6GB and 10GB; and AT&T’s advertised shared data rate plans for 300MB, 2GB, 5GB, 15GB, 20GB, 25GB, 30GB, 40GB and 50GB. Plans exclude unlimited music and video streaming, data carryover and cloud options that other carrier plans may offer. Offer/coverage not available everywhere or for discounted phones. Subject to new-line, $30 activation fee, credit, valid port-in. Customer must choose from same porting carrier rate card. Savings through March 31, 2018.
4 Requires valid port-in, current phone trade-in, submission of previous bill, and online registration. Via an American Express® Reward Card (less guaranteed trade-in value provided) after online registration and new phone activation.



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