John Votava, Sprint
Sprint works with members of LAPD’s Police Activity League to bear flags during soccer tournament pre-game ceremonies
LOS ANGELES – June 2, 2016 – A total of 48 Los Angeles-area teens, ages 14-16, will have the unique opportunity to experience the historic 2016 Copa América Centenario games directly from the field. Sprint (NYSE:S, news, filings), the official sponsor of Copa América Centenario has teamed up with the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Police Activity League (P.A.L.) from the Hollenbeck and Hollywood divisions, allowing members to represent the city as flagbearers during the pre-game ceremonies for the matches on June 4, 7, and 9 at the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
“Sprint is proud to deliver this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to the teens involved in the LAPD’s P.A.L. program,” said Kevin Kunkel, president-Southern California at Sprint. “We are glad to share this experience with all soccer fans in Southern California, as we have many activities lined up to promote the 100th anniversary of this international tournament.”
“The LAPD is grateful to Sprint for selecting members from our P.A.L. programs in Hollywood and Hollenbeck to participate in this historic event,” said Captain Cory Palka, Commanding Officer, LAPD Hollywood Area. “We strive to provide the kids in our programs with positive experiences and, through soccer, a game that resonates with our kids, Sprint is helping us to create a positive environment within the communities we serve.”
The flag bearers’ responsibilities include leading the referees and players onto the pitch for the start of the match and to position the country flags for the playing of the national anthems of the competing teams.
All of the flag bearers and their chaperones will be provided tickets to watch the matches, meals and refreshments and uniforms.
Experience Sprint at Copa América Centenario
Sprint is creating an immersive and engaging fan experience at all three of its matches at the Rose Bowl, which may include an interactive digital wall, 360° photo booth where fans will get digital downloads of their photos for social sharing, appearances from soccer legends, and charging stations.
Meet a Soccer Legend at Fan HQ
Sprint is also sponsoring Copa América Centenario FanHQ, the official fan destination for the tournament, offering free live music, merchandise, food and beverage for all soccer fans in Los Angeles. The event takes place at The Rose in Pasadena from 7-11 pm on June 3 and 6-10 pm on June 6 & 8. Visit a local Sprint store for more promotions and to enter the Sprint Copa Sweepstakes for a chance to win a VIP trip for 2 to 2016 Copa América Centenario Final.
Sprint will give the community and soccer fans a chance to meet some of the sport's favorite athletes:
Luis “Zague” Alves, a former member of the Mexican national team and current analyst on ESPN Deportes, will make an appearance at Fan HQ on June 8 from 7:30-9:00 pm.
Additionally, Sprint will host a meet and greet with former Mexican national team captain Pavel Pardo on Saturday, June 4 from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Sprint Store located at 2907 E. Florence Ave. in Huntington Park, CA.
Discounted Rides to Copa
To help make the commute even easier for Los Angeles-area soccer fans, Sprint is giving fans going to and from 2016 Copa América Centenario games 50% off their Uber ride (up to $25) when they use the code SPRINT50LA.
For Fans Unable to Attend Live, There’s fuboTV
fuboTV, a streaming service that bundles live sports and entertainment channels, will stream the Spanish-language broadcasts via Univision for all of the Copa América Centenario matches. For a limited time Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA customers will have exclusive free access to a fuboTV subscription on their smartphones to watch Copa América Centenario this June.
For Sprint customers, after the free 60-day trial they can pay $9.99 per month to keep the fuboTV service. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/copa.
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About the Police Activity League
The Police Activities League is a youth crime prevention program that relies on educational, athletic and other recreational activities to cement a bond between police officers and the youth in our community. It is based on the conviction that young people - if they are reached early enough -- can develop strong, positive attitudes towards police officers and the law. Studies have shown that if a young person respects a police officer on the ball field or in the gym, he or she will likely come to respect the laws that police officers enforce. Such respect is beneficial to the young person, the police officer, the neighborhood, and the business community.
The Police Activities League promotes trust and understanding between young people and police officers by bringing youth under the supervision and constructive influence of dedicated law enforcement professionals. The program also enhances public awareness about the role of police officers, including the reinforcement of responsible values and attitudes taught by parents.