Nominations for the Sprint Community Champions Program will be accepted between Thursday, April 15, and Monday, May 17, 2010, at www.sprint.com/communitychampion. The two selected individuals will be notified by early August, and grants in these individuals’ names will be awarded to qualifying organizations of their choice by the end of the year.
"We are excited to again celebrate New York’s community spirit with the Sprint Community Champions Program," said Debby Ballard, Sprint’s director of Community Affairs. "We received so many great applications last year, and we know that we’ll see even more this year. This is a fantastic opportunity to show our thanks to some of New York’s community heroes, and I encourage everyone to nominate a deserving individual."
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 community. The Adult Champion will have a $5,000 Sprint Foundation grant donated in his or her name to a qualified non-profit organization of his or her choice. The Youth Champion will have a $2,500 Sprint Foundation grant donated in his or her name to a qualified non-profit organization of his or her choice. Eligible individuals for both the Adult Champion and the Youth Champion must reside in the New York City area (Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester counties in New York, andBergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Union counties in New Jersey). Additional eligibility requirements for the Champions, as well as for the charitable organizations that receive the grants, can be found at www.sprint.com/communitychampion.
In 2009, Sprint named Yonette Fleming as New York’s Adult Champion and Stephanie Natelli as the Youth Champion. The Champions selected Bailey’s Café and the Preston Center of Compassion Outreach, respectively, to receive the Sprint Foundation grants.
For additional information about the 2010 Sprint Community Champions Program or to submit a nomination (beginning April 15), please visit www.sprint.com/communitychampion.
Special note for New York City non-profits: In 2009, Sprint also supported local charitable organizations with the Sprint Local Grant Program, which provided Sprint Foundation grants to two NYC-area organizations to help fund programs supporting Sprint’s charitable focus areas of youth development, arts and culture, and environment stewardship. The Sprint Local Grant Program will return in 2010; look for more information about this great opportunity for your organization in May.
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About the Sprint Foundation
Since its establishment in 1989, the Sprint Foundation has provided more than $110 million to community organizations across the country with a special emphasis on those supporting K-12 education, positive youth development, arts and culture outreach, 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.
Rich Pesce, 703-433-4927