ALPHARETTA, GA — Verizon Wireless, the nation's best, most reliable wireless network announced today their designation as "The Exclusive and Official Wireless Provider of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta." This exclusive, multi-year agreement with the Atlanta chapter of the national organization, 100 Black Men of America (100 BMA), will provide sponsorship to the organizations key annual events, including the 100 Black Men of Atlanta Golf Tournament, President's Dinner, and the popular annual Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic held each September at the Georgia Dome. The agreement begins this month and will run through January 31, 2008.
"Verizon Wireless is excited to announce this relationship with the 100 Black Men of Atlanta," said Jim McGean, president of Georgia and Alabama for Verizon Wireless. "When we support an organization, we want to see a commonality of ideals and beliefs." He continues, "100 Black Men of Atlanta's mission to improve the quality of life in the community and enhance educational and economic opportunities were an ideal match for Verizon Wireless and the types of programs we seek out to support."
John Grant, Executive Director and COO of the 100 Black Men explained their reasons for pursuing this exclusive agreement: "Like 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Verizon Wireless shares the common value of providing quality services to the community. They have demonstrated leadership in the market place and a strong sense of their own brand values. Those are the same ideals that we strive to share with the communities we serve through 100 BMA's programs and events. They will be a welcome addition to our organization."
Attendees to 100BMA events will immediately notice Verizon Wireless' presence within the various venues. For example, during the Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic, to be held September 24, 2005 at the Georgia Dome, visitors will be able to participate in a trivia game using Verizon Wireless text messaging, as well as cheer their favorite team to the end zone with the "Verizon Wireless Connection Zone" promotion. Verizon Wireless customers will also be able to take part in the pre-game excitement with in-store ticket giveaways prior to the Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic.
In addition to on-site promotions, this agreement will help members of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta further their mission of economic empowerment within their communities. Specifically, technology seminars will be conducted for 100BMA members within various industries to demonstrate how Verizon Wireless products and services can result in productivity improvements for their businesses.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 43.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About 100 Black Men
100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. is a nonprofit, civic and community action organization founded by nineteen members in October 1986 becoming one of five 100 Black Men chapters in the country. The 100 Black Men of Atlanta is now the largest of 103 chapters across the United States, the United Kingdom, the Bahamas, Africa and Jamaica. Together these chapters make up the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., which is also built on the tradition of self-help and is a permanent fixture in the African-American experience. Today, the Atlanta Chapter consists of over 260 men who are considered leaders in their respective professions and are committed to the mission and the vision of the organization. The signature program, Project Success is a "post-secondary preparation and tuition assistance program" whose components are: 100 Saturday Academy, Collegiate 100, Family & Youth Empowerment Program, and the 100 Resource Learning Center have each been instrumental in raising the level of students' academic performance while preparing them for a successful and productive adulthood. 100 Black Men of Atlanta has developed a program that works. Our history has proven that families who participate in the Project Success program can break this cycle of poor academic performance and economic dependence for themselves, their children and generations to come.