04.19.2001|Corporate

USA Luge Athletes to Visit Middle Schools Nationwide

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Thousands of students will experience the sport of luge without ever leaving the classroom this spring, when USA Luge

Olympic and National Team athletes visit 25 middle schools from Maine to California.

The tour, which is part of the Verizon Win-At-School program, will bring students face-to-face with elite athletes and the thrilling sport of luge for an

unforgettable experience.

"Over the past nine years, the Win-At-School program has helped educators teach tens of thousands of students some of life's significant lessons,"

said Pat Hennebry, Verizon director of corporate sponsorships. "USA Luge athletes personify the values that Win-At-School stands for and we applaud

their efforts in making this program a wonderful success."

The participating schools and dates for the 2001 Verizon Win-At-School program are:

April 23Scarborough Middle SchoolScarborough, Maine
Mahoney Middle SchoolS. Portland, Maine
School 74Buffalo, N.Y.
School 27Buffalo, N.Y.
April 24Oliver W. Winch Middle SchoolAlbany, N.Y.
Cohoes Middle SchoolCohoes, N.Y.
Oblock Junior High SchoolPlum, Pa.
Middle School EastHuntington, Pa.
April 25Dearborn Middle SchoolRoxbury, Mass.
Myler Sulzberger Middle SchoolPhiladelphia, Pa.
GW Pepper Middle SchoolPhiladelphia, Pa
April 26Gorton Junior High SchoolWarwick, R.I.
Lombard Middle SchoolBaltimore, Md.
April 27Richard R. Green Middle SchoolBronx, N.Y
Manhattan Academy of TechnologyNew York, NY.
McFarland Middle SchoolWashington, D.C.
Hart Middle SchoolWashington, D.C.
May 1Venice Area Middle SchoolVenice, Fla.
Madeira Beacon Middle SchoolMadeira Beach, Fla.
May 2Hillwood Middle SchoolFort Worth, Texas
Houston Middle SchoolGarland, Texas
May 3St. John the Baptist Middle SchoolDraper, Utah
Eastmont Middle SchoolSandy, Utah
May 4Tracy High SchoolCerritos, Calif.
Carmenti Middle SchoolCerritos, Calif.

The goal of the Win-At-School program is to encourage middle school students to work hard for their dreams and to recognize the value of dedication,

goal-setting and perseverance. USA Olympic Luge and National team athletes serve as role models for the students when they talk about their own dedication

and hard work.

In addition to hearing an inspirational speech from an athlete, the students view an exciting big-screen video about luge, Verizon's involvement and what it takes

to succeed. A curriculum guide also is provided for use in the classroom.

In keeping with the spirit of the Olympics, students at the participating schools will be invited to write short essays on the importance of cultural diversity in their

lives. Personal computers will be awarded to 17 essay contest winners nationwide, while 13 runners-up will receive $200 U.S. Savings Bonds from Verizon.

The partnership between Verizon and USA Luge has helped transform the team from a group of "field-fillers" in competition in the 1980s to a

unified and determined international powerhouse. American junior and senior athletes have won more than 220 international medals since 1990, including silver

and bronze medals in the 1998 Olympic Winter Games; a gold medal in the 2000 Inaugural Winter Goodwill Games and a team-record six medals at the 2001

Junior World Championships.

For more information, log on to www.usaluge.org.

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of

wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with nearly 109 million access line equivalents and more than 27.5 million wireless customers. Verizon

is also the largest directory publisher in the world. A Fortune 10 company with approximately 260,000 employees and approximately $63 billion in annual

revenues, Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.

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