DENVER, Nov. 20, 2008 – In a show of support by Colorado’s student-athletes for their communities, Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q) and Kroenke Sports today announced that 420 high school student-athletes have been nominated by their schools to participate in the Qwest Leadership Challenge. The student-athletes—representing a variety of varsity athletic programs from across the state—will have the opportunity to compete for $18,000 in scholarships through support for their communities and demonstration of their leadership skills.


Now in its third year, the Qwest Leadership Challenge encourages student-athletes to give back to their communities and rewards their efforts with varying levels of scholarships or donations to their community organizations. Students are nominated by school athletic directors, guidance counselors, teachers or other administrators and then asked to develop and execute projects that exhibit their leadership and ultimately benefit nonprofit or educational groups in their communities.



“The communities across our state already benefit from an incredible amount of volunteer support from schools and students. The Qwest Leadership Challenge highlights and rewards varsity athletes who continue to show leadership and make differences in their communities,” said Chuck Ward, Qwest president for Colorado. “Every day, high-school athletes inspire their teammates, classmates and community members with their activism and service, and Qwest and Kroenke congratulate their achievements.”



The students nominated for this year’s Qwest Leadership Challenge are asked to complete 30 volunteer hours as part of their programs; upon that achievement, Qwest then donates $250 to the students’ organizations. In addition, 10 student-athletes will be selected by a panel as superior performers. The top two – one male and one female – will each receive $5,000 scholarships as recognition for their outstanding work in the community. The remaining eight finalists will each receive $1,000 scholarships.



Students from communities across Colorado were nominated. Project proposals are due Nov. 28, and winners will be announced March 16, 2009.



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