May 12, 2008
Sprint Rallies Corporate Leaders to Benefit the American Red Cross and Victory Junction Gang Camp
Sprint All-Star Charity Golf Classic Tees Off for Charity on May 19
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 12, 2008--Sprint (NYSE:S) again will play host to corporate leaders from Fortune 50 companies Monday, May 19 for the Sprint All-Star Charity Golf Classic to raise funds for the American Red Cross and the Victory Junction Gang Camp.
In 2007, the event raised more than $646,000 for the two charities. Sprint hopes to exceed the mark set by last year's event, which for 2008 has moved to one of the world's most renowned golf courses, Pinehurst.
"The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is the backdrop for our charity golf tournament which is about raising funds for the real all stars in our community - the American Red Cross and Victory Junction Gang Camp," said Dan Hesse, president and chief executive officer of Sprint. "Giving back to the community is a priority for our business."
Proceeds from this year's tournament will be donated the American Red Cross to help fulfill its mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and to the Victory Junction Gang Camp to assist in its mission to provide life-changing camping experiences to children with chronic illnesses.
"We are grateful to Sprint and the other tournament sponsors for their generous contributions to the American Red Cross," said Mary Elcano, acting president and CEO of the American Red Cross. "For six years, this special event has been increasingly successful in raising needed funds for the Red Cross - ensuring the Red Cross can be there when disaster strikes - be it a hurricane or a heart attack, a call for blood or a call for help."
"Sprint was a big part of Adam's life as the primary sponsor of his racecar," said Kyle Petty, founder of the Victory Junction Gang Camp. "They will always be welcomed members of the Petty family. The Sprint All-Star Charity Golf Classic has turned into such a huge success. Pinehurst provides a great venue for everyone to have fun and raise money for two worthy causes. This will go a long way in our efforts to build a camp in the Kansas City (Mo.) area, which is the home of Sprint. By building the camp, we hope to give back to an area that has done so much for us."
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The American Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency, and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission.
About Victory Junction Gang Camp
The mission of the Victory Junction Gang Camp is to enrich the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering, in a safe and medically sound environment. Founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie in honor of their late son Adam, the Victory Junction Gang Camp is a year-round facility serving children, age 7 to 15. Each summer, children suffering from similar medical conditions including heart, lung and kidney disease, spina bifida, HIV, cancer, burn survivors, neurological disorders, and a host of others, gather to kick back, relax and have some fun. The camp offers traditional activities, including horseback riding, boating and fishing, arts and crafts and others, as well as NASCAR related program areas. The Victory Junction Gang Camp is a member of the Association of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps and is free to children and their families. The camp operates solely on the generous donations of individuals, corporations and foundation. For more information, visit www.victoryjunction.org.
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 nearly 53 million customers at the end of the first quarter 2008; 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.
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CONTACT: Sprint Crystal Emerick, 704-361-5230 firstname.lastname@example.org or American Red Cross Mary Havell, 202-303-8037 email@example.com or Victory Junction Gang Camp Pam Goldberg, 336-855-5391 firstname.lastname@example.org