Verizon Joins USA Track & Field as Official Telecommunications Sponsor

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Verizon Communications

    INDIANAPOLIS, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Communications has signed a
 multi-year contract with USA Track & Field to be its official
 telecommunications sponsor, USATF announced today.  The agreement includes
 major title sponsorships and the television broadcast of the USA vs. THE WORLD
 competition at the Penn Relays this weekend.
     "We are pleased to add a distinguished company such as Verizon to our list
 of blue-chip sponsors," said USATF CEO Craig Masback. "We look forward to a
 long and productive relationship with our newest sponsor, Verizon."
     "As the nation's leader in telecommunications services, Verizon is proud
 to be associated with the leading track and field organization in the world,"
 said Bruce Gordon, Verizon president for Retail Markets.  "This sponsorship
 reflects Verizon's commitment to support the communities where our customers
 live and work.  Through our sponsorship with USA Track & Field, we are working
 to develop the sport of track and field among athletes of all ages."
     Verizon will be the title sponsor for the USA vs. THE WORLD television
 broadcast at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia and the Millrose Games in New
 York City in February.  Verizon also will support USATF's elite Golden Spike
 Tour series of events and the U.S. National Team, while working with USATF to
 develop groundbreaking Youth and Junior programs under the umbrella of the
 Verizon Youth Series (VYS).
     The new Verizon Youth Series will include major USATF Youth Championship
 events.  Verizon also will name a Verizon All-American Team, which will
 include the top eight finishers in each event at Junior Nationals, and at each
 VYS meet, the top boy and girl athletes will be named Verizon Outstanding
 Athlete of the Meet.
      With the USATF contract, which runs through 2004, Verizon joins Nike,
 adidas, GMC Envoy, Pontiac Grand Prix, Xerox and SoBe Sports System as a major
 corporate sponsor of USATF and its programs.  Verizon is the second major
 corporate partner signed by USATF since the 2000 Olympic Games. USATF
 introduced SoBe Sports System to the USATF family last November. USATF also
 has extended relationships with Visa, Xerox and General Motors.
     USA Track & Field is the National Governing Body for track and field,
 long-distance running and race walking in the United States. With nearly
 70,000 members nationwide, USATF includes 57 Associations around the country
 and 2,500 local clubs. USATF sanctions more than 4,000 track and field,
 running and race walking events each year. For more information on USATF,
 visit http://www.usatf.org.
     Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ) is one of the world's leading providers
 of communications services.  Verizon companies are the largest providers of
 wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 112 million
 access line equivalents and 27 million wireless customers.  Verizon is also
 the largest directory publisher in the world.  A Fortune 10 company with
 approximately 260,000 employees and more than $65 billion in annual revenues,
 Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe,
 Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit
 http://www.verizon.com.
 
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 biographies, news media contacts and other information are available at
 Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web (http://www.verizon.com/news).  To
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    INDIANAPOLIS, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Communications has signed a
 multi-year contract with USA Track & Field to be its official
 telecommunications sponsor, USATF announced today.  The agreement includes
 major title sponsorships and the television broadcast of the USA vs. THE WORLD
 competition at the Penn Relays this weekend.
     "We are pleased to add a distinguished company such as Verizon to our list
 of blue-chip sponsors," said USATF CEO Craig Masback. "We look forward to a
 long and productive relationship with our newest sponsor, Verizon."
     "As the nation's leader in telecommunications services, Verizon is proud
 to be associated with the leading track and field organization in the world,"
 said Bruce Gordon, Verizon president for Retail Markets.  "This sponsorship
 reflects Verizon's commitment to support the communities where our customers
 live and work.  Through our sponsorship with USA Track & Field, we are working
 to develop the sport of track and field among athletes of all ages."
     Verizon will be the title sponsor for the USA vs. THE WORLD television
 broadcast at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia and the Millrose Games in New
 York City in February.  Verizon also will support USATF's elite Golden Spike
 Tour series of events and the U.S. National Team, while working with USATF to
 develop groundbreaking Youth and Junior programs under the umbrella of the
 Verizon Youth Series (VYS).
     The new Verizon Youth Series will include major USATF Youth Championship
 events.  Verizon also will name a Verizon All-American Team, which will
 include the top eight finishers in each event at Junior Nationals, and at each
 VYS meet, the top boy and girl athletes will be named Verizon Outstanding
 Athlete of the Meet.
      With the USATF contract, which runs through 2004, Verizon joins Nike,
 adidas, GMC Envoy, Pontiac Grand Prix, Xerox and SoBe Sports System as a major
 corporate sponsor of USATF and its programs.  Verizon is the second major
 corporate partner signed by USATF since the 2000 Olympic Games. USATF
 introduced SoBe Sports System to the USATF family last November. USATF also
 has extended relationships with Visa, Xerox and General Motors.
     USA Track & Field is the National Governing Body for track and field,
 long-distance running and race walking in the United States. With nearly
 70,000 members nationwide, USATF includes 57 Associations around the country
 and 2,500 local clubs. USATF sanctions more than 4,000 track and field,
 running and race walking events each year. For more information on USATF,
 visit http://www.usatf.org.
     Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ) is one of the world's leading providers
 of communications services.  Verizon companies are the largest providers of
 wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 112 million
 access line equivalents and 27 million wireless customers.  Verizon is also
 the largest directory publisher in the world.  A Fortune 10 company with
 approximately 260,000 employees and more than $65 billion in annual revenues,
 Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe,
 Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit
 http://www.verizon.com.
 
     ON THE INTERNET: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and
 biographies, news media contacts and other information are available at
 Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web (http://www.verizon.com/news).  To
 receive news releases by email, visit the News Center and register for
 personalized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.
 
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