November 23, 2009

Sprint Character Education Grant Program Enters Third Year Supporting Positive Development of Young People

Applications for the 2010 program accepted from Jan. 4 through Feb. 5, 2010; program to provide funding for character-education initiatives in schools and districts across the country

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 23, 2009-- Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced the 2010 entry dates for The Sprint Character Education Grant Program, its annual character-education grant program for schools and school districts across the country. The 2010 program will run from Jan. 4 through Feb. 5, 2010.

Now in its third year, the Sprint Character Education Grant Program awards Sprint Foundation grants to school districts and individual schools to fund resources that facilitate and encourage character education among K-12 students. With a national reach, the program is open to all U.S. public schools (K-12) and U.S. public school districts.

In 2010, the Sprint Character Education Grant Program will award individual-school grants between $500 and $5,000 and school-district grants between $10,000 and $25,000. In 2009, the Sprint Foundation awarded more than $450,000 in combined grants to schools and school districts through this program.

“Character education is such a critical building block for our young people to become productive citizens,” said Debby Ballard, director of Community Affairs for Sprint. “But sadly, it’s an area that is woefully under-funded in many schools across the country. Through this program, the Sprint Foundation is able to provide teachers and administrators with the tools they need to develop and execute the character-education programs that will work in their classrooms.”

The Sprint Character Education Grant Program will accept applications for character-education programs that promote youth leadership, youth volunteerism, a positive school culture and address drop out prevention.

For further information, a list of previous winners and the grant application please visit: www.sprint.com/educationgrants.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving more than 48 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2009 and the first and only 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company’s customer-focused strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

About the Sprint Foundation

Since its establishment in 1989, the Sprint Foundation has provided nearly $100 million to community organizations across the country with a special emphasis on those supporting K-12 education, positive youth development, arts and culture outreach, school safety and Internet safety. Through direct grants and a robust matching-gifts program for employees and retirees, the Sprint Foundation creatively and thoughtfully delivers Sprint’s commitment to championing the communities where Sprint customers and employees live.

Source: Sprint

Media contact:
Alexander Hahn, 703-433-3062

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