John Votava, Sprint
Sprint works with Arizona Youth Soccer Association to bear flags during soccer tournament
PHOENIX – June 2, 2016 – A total of 48 Phoenix-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 2016 Copa América Centenario has teamed up with the Arizona Youth Soccer Association (AYSA), allowing players to represent the city as flagbearers during the pre-game ceremonies for the matches on June 5, 8, and 25 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.
“Sprint is proud to be a sponsor of the 100th anniversary of this internal tournament, but more importantly that we can involve the teens from AYSA soccer for this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Cody Welker, general manager-Arizona at Sprint. “We are committed to serving the customers of Phoenix and, not only providing the region with great service, but deepening our roots within the community to give back.”
“We are grateful to Sprint for presenting us with this amazing opportunity for the boys and girls of the AYSA to experience the game at its highest level and to be a part of the action on the field,” said Rick Kelsey, president of Arizona Youth Soccer Association.
The flagbearers’ 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 flagbearers 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 University of Phoenix Stadium, 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 Phoenix. The event takes place at the Marquee Theater in Glendale from 7-11 pm on June 4 and 6-10 pm on June 7. Visit a local Sprint store for more promotions and to enter the Sprint Copa Sweepstakes for a chance to win a VIP trip for two 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 Hernandez, the fourth highest goal scorer of all-time for the Mexico national soccer team, and their highest goal scorer in World Cups, will make an appearance on June 4 at Fan HQ.
Discounted Rides to Copa
To help make the commute even easier for Phoenix-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 enter the code SPRINT50PHX.
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 will pay $9.99 per month for the fuboTV service. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/copa.
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 58.8 million connections as of March 31, 2016 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
About the Arizona Youth Soccer Association
Arizona Youth Soccer Association is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on sponsors and charitable gifts to sustain many of its high quality programs. It is the mission of the AYSA to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of the state of Arizona’s youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition.