News Release

Verizon Wireless Official Wireless Provider for Georgia Tech Athletics

Company Signs Three-Year Deal for Athletic Program Sponsorship

August 28, 2001

Alison Guerard
alison.guerard@verizonwireless.com
404-845-8159

Kim Krug
kkrug@c21pr.com
404-814-1330

ATLANTA, GA — The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have "Joined In" with Verizon Wireless, the new official wireless provider for Georgia Tech Athletics, announced Jim McGean, president-Georgia Region for Verizon Wireless. The three-year sponsorship includes the university's football and basketball programs. The company's first event as the new sponsor was freshman "Traditions Night" on Thursday, August 23 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

As a sponsor, Verizon Wireless will be on site at the 2001-2003 season home football games with end-zone signage and home game promotions. In addition, the company will host the "Player of the Week" segment during the coaches' television program on WAGA-TV FOX 5, TV33 and FOX Sports South; and will sponsor the radio broadcast of the games on Sports Talk 790 The Zone, South 107.1 and Lake 102.3. When basketball season begins, Verizon Wireless will have a similar presence at home games in Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

"As the nation's largest wireless provider and the wireless provider with the biggest home footprint in Georgia, we feel a responsibility to support the communities in which we serve," said McGean. "Joining with an athletic program of Georgia Tech's caliber was the perfect fit for us."

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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