Go "Green" And Help Call A Timeout On Domestic Violence In New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Lobo fans can help curb domestic violence and electronic waste in our community.

Fans attending the University of New Mexico women's basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 23 against Utah can donate their used wireless phones, batteries and accessories to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program. Drop boxes will be located at the northeast entrance of The Pit beginning at noon, one hour prior to the 1 p.m. tip-off.

Through the HopeLine program, used wireless phones and accessories from any service provider are recycled or refurbished for re-use.

"We are pleased to be a part of this wonderful program," said Lobo Head Coach Don Flanagan. "HopeLine provides a great service to victims of domestic violence."

"This is a win-win for not only the environment, but also for victims of domestic violence right here in our state," said Tony Heyman, regional president, Verizon Wireless.

"Thanks to the community's support for HopeLine, we awarded more than $30,000 in grants and donated 200 phones with 600,000 free minutes to domestic violence agencies in New Mexico last year."

Since the program began, the company has disposed of more than 1 million phones in an environmentally sound way and awarded nearly $5 million in cash donations to domestic violence organizations nationwide.

The company has also distributed more than 60,000 HopeLine phones with the equivalent of 160 million minutes of service and other features for use by survivors and organizations.

Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country.

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 65.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About UNM Women's BasketballThe Lobos are currently 13-11 on the season going into Wednesday, Feb. 20, against Mountain West Conference foe Air Force. Head coach Don Flanagan is in his 13th season and is the winningest coach in program history. UNM has been to the NCAA Tournament each of the past six seasons. For more information about Lobo athletics, go to www.GoLobos.com.