April 08, 2009

Sprint's New Community-Grant Programs to Award Denver-Area Non-Profit Organizations More Than $50,000 in 2009

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

DENVER, Apr 08, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Sprint (NYSE:S) announced two new community programs through which the Sprint Foundation, Sprint's philanthropic arm, will award more than $50,000 in grants to Denver-area charitable organizations during 2009. The programs will help local non-profits continue to offer important services to Denver, while also recognizing the hard-working and dedicated individuals who themselves have made a difference in this community.

"At Sprint, giving back to the community is an important part of what we do, and the two new philanthropic programs we're launching in Denver are a great example of that," said Debby Ballard, Sprint's director of Community Relations. "We are pleased to offer these grants, which will not only help local non-profits further their critical programs, but also shine the spotlight on some of Denver's unsung community heroes."

Sprint Local Grant Program - Supporting local organizations

The Sprint Local Grant Program will provide two $25,000 grants to Denver-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 Denver area (Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties).

Nominations for the Sprint Local Grant Program may be submitted between May 1 and 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 Denver 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 Denver area (Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties).

Nominations for the Sprint Community Champion Program will be accepted between May 1 and 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 or to submit a nomination for either program (beginning May 1), 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 fourth quarter 2008; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk 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

John D. Adams

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