January 16, 2007
Sprint to Launch ''Power to Play'' Essay Contest for Pittsburgh Youth to Meet Ben Roethlisberger
"I believe in encouraging children to work hard in pursuit of their dreams. I would not be in the NFL without hard work, determination and strong role models. I am honored to participate in this event and meet the distinguished winners of Sprint's essay contest. We will have fun together," stated Roethlisberger.
Entrants will write the essay based on the following theme: "Hard work has given me the power to........." Twenty eight winners will be given the opportunity to spend a day learning to play football at a mini training camp attended by Roethlisberger in March. Eight winners will be chosen from each of the following age groups: 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. Contest essay entries should be 200 words or less and will be accepted from Jan. 14 through Feb. 4.
"Through the "Power to Play" program we hope to demonstrate to the youth of Pittsburgh the rewards that can come from hard work and dedication. Sprint's goal is to provide customers with a quality communications device and a reliable network while improving the quality of life in the markets where they work and live," said Karen Paletta, area vice president for Sprint.
Four additional winners will also be chosen from entries received from members of the Girls Scouts Trillium Council.
"The Girl Scouting organization will celebrate its 95th anniversary this year. Our council's involvement in the "Power to Play" essay contest is a wonderful example of how Girl Scouting has evolved over the years and is not just about cookies, camping and crafts," said Marcia Barber, Girl Scouts - Trillium Council CEO.
Contest entry rules and entry forms can be obtained by visiting Pittsburgh area Sprint retail stores and kiosks. For more information or questions regarding the contest, e-mail Michele Pastorius at Michele.Pastorius@Sprint.com.
Sprint currently offers customers NFL Mobile, an exclusive product that allows fans to follow their favorite teams and players from their Sprint phones in real time and in a customizable manner. NFL Mobile is a free feature for existing Power Vision or Nextel data subscribers.
A groundbreaking innovation in mobile sports entertainment, NFL Mobile is customizable to a fantasy football player's roster or for specific teams. With information updated every two seconds, NFL Mobile features a fast wireless delivery of NFL information, allowing users to claim bragging rights when it comes to real-time NFL player stats and scores. In addition, only Sprint can deliver a comprehensive package of exclusive mobile video and audio highlights available at the touch of a button.
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 robust wireless networks serving more than 51 million customers at the end of third quarter 2006; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
Jack Pflanz, 315-374-0693