News Release

Verizon Wireless Picks Teams To "Hoop It Up"

Company Sending and Outfitting Teams from Boys & Girls Clubs and Hales Franciscan High School

August 7, 2002

Carolyn Schamberger
carolyn.schamberger@verizonwireless.com
847-619-4282

Stephanie Kerch
Skerch@hlbcomm.com
312-649-0371

CHICAGO, IL — Dozens of local youths will get a chance to test their basketball skills in the NBA Hoop-It-Up tournament, compliments of Verizon Wireless. Nine five-member teams from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago and Hales Franciscan High School will test their abilities against their peers at Harper College, August 10-11. Now in its 14th year, Hoop-It-Up is a 3-on-3 series of competitive basketball events. Verizon Wireless is a nationwide sponsor of Hoop-It-Up.

"The Hoop-It-Up tournament is a fantastic way for kids to spend a weekend," said Tracy Nolan, president of Verizon Wireless' Illinois/Wisconsin Region. "Verizon Wireless is very pleased to be able to send about 50 youths from two great local organizations to the basketball tournament. It's fun for them and, frankly, it's a lot of fun for us, too."

April Janney, assistant vice president of Programs for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago said, "We have seven teams ranging in age from 11- to 18-years-old who are all very excited to participate in the NBA Hoop-It-Up competition. We so appreciate Verizon Wireless' providing this opportunity to our kids."

In addition to its role as team sponsor, Verizon Wireless also will sponsor two special competitive events during the Hoop-It-Up games: the Verizon Wireless (FREEUP) Free Throw Contest and Mobile Messenger Madness.

In the (FREEUP) Free Throw Contest, sharpshooters compete against one another to see who can shoot the most free-throw baskets. Best shooter wins a (FREEUP) wireless service package and trophy. (FREEUP), popular among young adults, is Verizon Wireless' pre-paid wireless service that bundles nationwide voice service, text messaging and voice mail.

Mobile Messenger Madness is an interactive trivia contest based on Verizon Wireless' short message service (SMS), Mobile Messenger. At each tournament, contests will be held hourly to see who can correctly answer first an NBA trivia question in SMS format. Prospective contestants can help increase their chances of winning by practicing at the Verizon Wireless booth. Mobile Messenger is a fun, fast, discreet, inexpensive method that gives consumers two choices in how they use their phones to communicate: talk and text.

Chicago is one of 48 cities throughout the United States and Canada that are hosting the Hoop-It-Up tournament. After all local competition ends in September, the tournament culminates with a championship competition of Top Guns in November.

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