PHOENIX, April 04, 2008 – Qwest Communications International, Inc. (NYSE: Q), and the Phoenix Suns today announced the winners of the second annual Qwest Leadership Challenge. Two Arizona high school student athletes received $5,000 scholarships to further their education. The Qwest Leadership Challenge invites male and female student athletes from each of Arizona’s 241 high school basketball programs to volunteer in their community.
This year’s winners are Cameron David Hollarbach from St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix and Sarah Blakeley from Wickenburg High School. Cameron volunteered at the Tommy Nunez Foundation which focuses on the needs of Hispanic youth. In completing more than 60 hours of volunteer service, Cameron assisted with the annual charity basketball tournament for local club basketball teams to help ensure it ran smoothly. Sarah developed the “Loan” Ranger fundraising project for the Wickenburg School District. By creating a non-profit organization, the school was able to take advantage of the Arizona State Tax Credit Program by using payroll deductions of Arizona state taxes to go directly toward supporting the Wickenburg School District. This credit helped provide more competitive salaries and programming.
“The Phoenix Suns are excited to continue its partnership with Qwest to encourage student athletes to give back to their communities,” said Phoenix Suns President Rick Welts. “Our fans and our community are so important to us. We’re proud to be a part of the Qwest Leadership Challenge, which will improve the lives of some of our biggest fans and the people of the communities they touch.”
In Arizona, the project generated more than 450 volunteer hours of service. Each non-profit received $500 contributions and the two winners received their individual $5,000 scholarships at halftime of the game between the Phoenix Suns and the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 4.
“Qwest is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where employees live and work, and this volunteer program challenges high school athletes to inspire their teammates, classmates and community members to promote activism and service,” said Pat Quinn, Qwest president for Arizona.”
To learn more about the program and how to participate in future years contact Devney Preuss, Phoenix Suns Partnership Activation Specialist, at (602) 379-7987 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or by logging onto Suns.com.
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