October 29, 2009

Sprint Recognizes Atlanta-Area Organizations, Community Champions at Nov. 2 Celebration; Media Invited

Imagine It! the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, and Local Residents Norm Mitchell and Austin Shaw to Be Recognized

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 29, 2009-- Sprint (NYSE: S) announced today the recipients of its 2009 Atlanta community-giving programs. The Sprint Local Grant Program will award two $25,000 Sprint Foundation grants to Atlanta-area programs that support Sprint’s focus area of youth development. In addition, the Sprint Community Champions Program will honor two outstanding Atlanta-area residents who have made a positive impact on the community with Sprint Foundation grants to qualified non-profit organizations of the honorees’ choice. The recipients will be recognized and honored at an upcoming celebration in the Atlanta area.


          Monday, Nov. 2, 2009
4:30 to 6 p.m.


Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park, NW
Atlanta, GA 30313


Celebration honoring 2009 Sprint Local Giving Program recipient organizations and 2009 Sprint Community Champion honorees for Atlanta.


  • Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta was selected as a 2009 Sprint Local Grant Program recipient and will receive a $25,000 Sprint Foundation grant for its Connected Learning Connected Communities program. The program is designed to engage and partner with underserved areas in Atlanta in the education of their children by offering the Museum and its unique educational tools as a partner and a resource.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta was selected as a 2009 Sprint Local Grant Program recipient and will receive a $25,000 grant for its Power Hour program. Power Hour is a homework help, tutoring and educational enrichment program that helps kids age six to 18 develop organizational skills, including time management, prioritizing and task completion.
  • Marietta resident Norman Mitchell was selected as the 2009 Sprint Community Champion adult honoree, and the Sprint Foundation will be awarding a $5,000 grant to his selected charitable organization, Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County. Mitchell mentors students at the Performance Learning Center, a non-traditional high school for students who are behind in credits and are considering dropping out of high school. He supports and gives the high at-risk students a foundation for success. He is an active volunteer with Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Dare2Dream and his church.
  • Roswell resident and Roswell High School sophomore Austin Shaw was selected as the 2009 Sprint Youth Community Champion honoree, and the Sprint Foundation will be awarding a $2,500 grant to Shaw’s selected charitable organization, Hemophilia of Georgia. Shaw helped lead the charge to bring new enhancements to Camp Twin Lakes, a camp for kids with bleeding/clotting disorders. He is also actively involved with the Boy Scouts, his church and programs supporting foster children.

To learn more about the Sprint Local Grant Program or the Sprint Community Champion 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 almost 49 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2009; 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

Sprint Nextel
Kristin Wallace, 678-358-1190

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