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May 07, 2009

Sprint Now Accepting Grant Applications for Two New York City-Area Community Programs, Awarding Area Non-Profit Organizations More than $50,000 in 2009

Two New Programs Provide Grants to New York City Organizations, Recognize Outstanding Adult and Youth Community Contributors

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 7, 2009-- Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today that its two new New York City-area community programs are now accepting grant applications for 2009. Through these programs, the Sprint Foundation, Sprint’s philanthropic arm, will award more than $50,000 in grants to New York City-area charitable organizations during 2009. The programs will help local non-profits continue to offer important services to New York City, while also recognizing the hard-working and dedicated individuals who themselves have made a difference in this community. The application period for each program will be open through Tuesday, June 30.

Sprint Local Grant Program – Supporting local organizations

The Sprint Local Grant Program will provide two $25,000 grants to New York City-area organizations to help fund programs supporting Sprint’s charitable focus areas of youth development, arts and culture, and environment stewardship. Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)3 non-profit with offices in the New York City area (Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Putnam, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester Counties in New York and Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Union Counties in New Jersey).

Nominations for the Sprint Local Grant Program may be submitted at www.sprint.com/localgiving through 5 p.m. CDT on June 30, 2009. Finalists will be notified in September, and the two recipient organizations will be awarded their grants at a recognition event later in 2009.

Sprint Community Champions Program – Recognizing local individuals

The Sprint Community Champions Program recognizes one adult and one high-school student who have made positive impacts on the people and organizations in the New York City community. The adult – called a Local Champion – will have a $5,000 grant donated in his or her name to a qualified non-profit organization of his or her choice. The high-school student – called a Youth Champion – will have a $2,500 grant donated in his or her name to a qualified non-profit organization of his or her choice. Eligible individuals for both the Local Champion and the Youth Champion must reside in the New York City area (Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Putnam, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester Counties in New York and Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Union Counties in New Jersey).

Nominations for the Sprint Community Champions Program may be submitted at www.sprint.com/localgiving through 5 p.m. CDT on June 30, 2009. The two selected individuals will be notified in September, and grants in these individuals’ names will be awarded to qualifying organizations of their choice by the end of the year.

For additional information about the Sprint Local Grant Program or the Sprint Community Champions Program, please visit www.sprint.com/localgiving.

About Sprint

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 49 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2009; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. 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:
Sprint
John D. Adams, 913-794-2940
john.d.adams@sprint.com



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