Verizon and Pawtucket Red Sox Team Up for 2004 Season

Providence R.I. - Continuing their tradition of excellence in Rhode Island, Verizon and the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are teaming up to provide exciting events for fans during the 2004 baseball season.

This season, which Verizon is sponsoring, will include a variety of fan activities both in the Verizon fan center, as well as through promotions during the course of the year. Verizon will help celebrate the fifth birthday of Paws, the PawSox team mascot, on Friday (4/23) by inviting 500 fans from the Pawtucket Boys and Girls Club, the Rhode Island Association for Retarded Citizens, Harmony Hill School, Rhode Island Big Sisters, Rhode Island Big Brothers and St Mary's Home for Children to attend Friday's game against the Syracuse Skychiefs.

Verizon executives will be on hand to present checks to the Pawtucket Boys and Girls Club, the Rhode Island Association for Retarded Citizens and Harmony Hill School for their outreach programs that are specifically designed to help increase the literacy skills of both children and adults throughout the state. These programs are consistent with Verizon's overall commitment to leading the effort to increase literacy levels in the United States.

"Like baseball, reading takes a lot of practice, and we want to give these organizations the tools to help Rhode Islanders become successful," said Donna Cupelo, Verizon region president for Massachusetts and Rhode Island. "Through our sponsorship of the PawSox this year, Verizon hopes to hit a home run for baseball fans and customers alike. In addition to joining forces with a high-class organization such as the PawSox, we're very proud to be able to give back to the Rhode Island Community."

Last year, Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, awarded almost half a million dollars to nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island, and employees led their own initiatives and generated more that $70,000 in matching grants.

"The PawSox are proud to be associated with Verizon, not only a recognized leader in the telecommunications industry but also a long-term supporter of our community," said Mike Tamburro, president of the Pawtucket Red Sox. "We look forward to working together with Verizon to enhance the fan experience at McCoy Stadium and improving the quality of life in Rhode Island and Southeastern New England."

In addition to the sponsorship of the new fan center, other Verizon events with the PawSox include Verizon Visor Night on July 23 and a Red Sox Legends Night on August 16. Verizon and the PawSox will also be involved with several events at this year's Triple-A All-Star game, which will be hosted at McCoy Stadium July 12-14.

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