Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, Junior Achievement of Dallas and Junior
Achievement of Fort Worth, and local residents Dr. John Richardson and Sarah
Baldwin to be recognized
Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today the recipients of its 2009 Dallas/Ft. Worth
community-giving programs. The Sprint Local Grant Program will award two $25,000
Sprint Foundation grants to Dallas/Ft. Worth-area programs that support Sprint`s
focus area of youth development. In addition, the Sprint Community Champions
Program will honor two outstanding Dallas/Ft. Worth-area residents who have made
a positive impact on the community with Sprint Foundation grants to qualified non-profit
organizations of the honorees` choice.
RECIPIENTS AND HONOREES:
* Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas was selected as a 2009 Sprint Local Grant
Program recipient and will receive a $25,000 Sprint Foundation grant for its
Project Learn program. Project Learn is an approach to education that
incorporates curriculum to address the primary areas of the Texas Essentials
Knowledge and Skills test and uses strategic learning techniques throughout
their 5 Core Areas: Education & Career Development; Character & Leadership
Development; Health & Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness & Recreation.
* Junior Achievement of Dallas and Junior Achievement of Fort Worth were
selected for the 2009 Sprint Local Grant Program as joint recipients of a
$25,000 Sprint Foundation grant for their 2009-2010 school-year initiatives.
Junior Achievement curriculum focuses on work readiness, entrepreneurship and
financial literacy and is delivered by volunteers from the local business
community. The grant will fund programming in two area schools - Roark
Elementary in Arlington and M.C. Lively Elementary in Irving.
* Fort Worth resident Dr. John Richardson was selected as the 2009 Sprint
Community Champion adult honoree, and the Sprint Foundation will be awarding a
$5,000 grant to Dr. Richardson`s selected charitable organization, The WARM
Place. Dr. Richardson helped create The WARM Place 20 years ago, and the
organization now serves as the model of grief-support centers throughout the
country. He also started the Baby Moses Project as a response to the alarming
number of infants that were being abandoned in dumpsters. His leadership on this
project has helped bring about laws across the country that encourage safer
* Dallas resident Sarah Baldwin was selected as the 2009 Sprint Youth Community
Champion honoree, and the Sprint Foundation will be awarding a $2,500 grant to
Baldwin`s selected charitable organization, the Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation. Baldwin is an 11th-grade Highland Park High School student who has
made an amazing impact on the juvenile diabetes community. She has been a vocal
ambassador and vigorous fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation, and runs the organization`s Teen Mentoring Program.
To learn more about the Sprint Local Grant Program or the Sprint Community
Champion Program, please visit www.sprint.com/localgiving.
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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
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.
Crystal Davis, 571-288-6806