Local Arizona Soccer Youth Have An Opportunity To "Kick It" With Former Mexican National Team Soccer Star "El Matador"

PHOENIX, AZ — "El Matador" Luis Hernandez, one of the most prolific scorers in the history of Mexican soccer, is coming to Phoenix to host a free clinic. The Verizon Wireless soccer clinic for youth ages 5 to 17 will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Space in the clinic is limited to the first 500 players who register on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Communications Store at 10011 N. Metro Pkwy East.

All players will receive a free sports jersey, knapsack and a water bottle. The first 100 participants will also get a free soccer ball.

"El Matador" A Mexican soccer striker, Hernandez is one of the top all time goal scorers for the Mexican National Team. He scored important goals in various competitions, including Copa America, where he was the 1997 tournament's top scorer. He was the top scorer in the 1998 CONCACAF's Gold Cup.

Hernandez first made a big impression on the world stage at the 1998 World Cup in France. He scored four goals, sparking the Mexican national team to a near upset of Germany in the second round and leading him to finish fourth in tournament scoring.

World Cup highlights on V CASTThe Verizon Wireless' youth soccer clinic is part of the company's on-going commitment to add to the excitement of soccer for the community.

Recently Verizon Wireless announced an agreement with Univisión, the leading Spanish-language media company in the U.S., to provide exclusive Spanish-language highlights from FIFA World Cup 2002 and 2006 to Verizon Wireless' V CAST customers--a first on wireless phones. For more information, visit www.getvcast.com.  

Customers wanting to upgrade their existing service plan to include V CAST or purchase a V CAST phone may do so by visiting a Verizon Wireless store including Verizon Wireless stores in Circuit City locations or go on-line to www.verizonwireless.com.  

International Long Distance Value Plan for soccer fansFrom April 15 through July 31, 2006, Verizon Wireless customers can sign up for the International Long Distance Value Plan for $3.99 a month and save 50 percent on per-minute rates to 31 countries in Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Airtime charges apply.

Turn used phones into a HopeLine®No longer used phones may be donated at any Verizon Wireless store to the HopeLine program. The company's philanthropic program puts used wireless phones to work to support victims of domestic violence. For more information, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

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