OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sprint (NYSE: S) recently announced the 2012 recipients of its Denver Local Giving Program. In total, three area non-profit organizations were awarded grants as part of this signature community-support program. The Denver Local Giving Program awards Sprint Foundation grants totaling $50,000 to area non-profits that support Sprint’s philanthropic focus areas of youth development (including mentoring, leadership and academic achievement), arts and culture, and environmental stewardship. Grants were presented and recipient organizations honored at a local reception last night.
The 2012 grant recipients are as follows:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado was awarded a $25,000 Sprint Foundation grant. The funding will be used to support its Community Based Mentoring program, which serves 1,100 children each year, and its Sports Buddies program, which is designed to engage male volunteers to mentor boys in the community who are in need of male role models. There are 500 children who participate in this program each year and attend or participate in sports-based activities.
- Denver Kids, Inc. was awarded a $15,000 Sprint Foundation grant. The funding will be used for one-on-one educational counseling, volunteer mentoring, post-secondary guidance and planning, and parent and student engagement. Denver Kids works with at-risk youth in 151 schools, directly impacting more than 1,000 students each year in order to help them reach their full academic potential.
- Denver Museum of Nature & Science was awarded a $10,000 Sprint Foundation grant for its Passport to Health Program, which impacts more than 3,000 Denver-area fifth-grade students and their families. Through hands-on education courses, students will learn about and advocate healthy options and behaviors. Teachers are provided with health resources for their classrooms and the families of the students receive a free one-year membership to the museum.
Sprint is a long-time supporter of the Denver community, and this is the fourth year Sprint has conducted the Denver Local Giving Program. In total, through this and similar programs, Sprint has provided more than $215,000 in support to Denver-area non-profits, including Colorado Uplift and Lone Tree Cultural Arts Foundation. To learn more about either program, please visit www.sprint.com/localgiving.
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