Verizon Wireless Rewards Deserving Youth with Tickets to <sup>*</sup>NSYNC Concert in El Paso

Verizon Wireless Rewards Deserving Students with Tickets to *NSYNC Concert in Phoenix

Wireless company teams with Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso

August 24, 2001




Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider and sponsor of the * NSYNC 2001 POPODDESSY Tour, has donated concert tickets to Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso. Nine Big Brother and Big Sister "matches" will attend the concert at the Sun Bowl in El Paso on Aug. 27.

"Verizon Wireless is thrilled to be able to donate 18 concert tickets to support the youth-based programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters," said Syd Gross, Verizon Wireless branch manager. "The mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters make a real difference by setting a positive example for children in our community."

The Big Brother Big Sister matches were selected to attend the *NSYNC concert based on annual awards presented at the close of the summer. Attending the concert will be Michael Yokel, Luther Swan and their Big Brother, Charles "Chuck" Taylor (Match of the Year); and Susanna Lopez (Little of the Year) and her Big Sister Ana Boisselier. Justine Franco, 9, and her Big Sister, Mary Malmburg (Big of the Year), will also be guests of Verizon Wireless at a pre-concert sound check with *NSYNC. This is a special opportunity to visit with the band on a more intimate basis before their live performance.

"With the support of Verizon Wireless, Big Brothers Big Sisters is able to recognize and reward our matches and provide them with a fun opportunity to attend the *NSYNC concert," said Annette Flores, public relations manager. "This is an exciting opportunity that they might have thought was out of reach."

As a tour sponsor, Verizon Wireless will have a visible presence at the concert. In-venue promotions will include distinctive banners and messages on super-size screens. Concertgoers are invited to stop by the Verizon Wireless booth and have a free digital picture taken with a cutout of the band. The photo will then be sent electronically to those photographed so they can e-mail it to friends and family.

*NSYNC's appearance in El Paso is the final stop on the group's 38-city, 45-concert tour that kicked off May 23 in Jacksonville, Fl.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national mentoring program that matches young people with adult or older teen role models. The program is affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) and is one of more than 500 national affiliates that have been mentoring youth since 1903. Recently, Big Brothers Big Sisters was named as one of the top ten violence prevention programs in America. BBBSEP was established in the community in 1999 and has since tripled in size thanks to the El Paso community. Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso has matched over 200 youth in the community. Currently, BBBS of El Paso is seeking female youths due to the large number of female mentors enrolling in the program. In addition, BBBS of El Paso has a waiting list of approximately 80 youths, predominately males, that are in need of male mentors. If you are interested in providing a "Little Magic" to a child's life, know a child that would benefit from having a mentor, or to simply find out more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso, please contact us at (915) 544-4203 or visit our Web site at http://www.texzone.net/bbbs.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.