Wireless and Robby Gordon Donate $18,800 to
WELCOME, N.C. (April 8, 2003) — Cingular Wireless
and Robby Gordon scored more than a top-10 finish Sunday at Talladega
(Ala.) Superspeedway. They raised $18,800 for Special Olympics Team
USA by completing all 188 laps of the Aaron’s 499 and put the Special
Olympics athletes one step closer to the 2003 Special Olympics World
Cingular Wireless donated to Special Olympics
$100 for each of the 188 laps Gordon completed in Sunday’s NASCAR
Winston Cup event at Talladega for a grand total of $18,800.
The No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet carried
a Special Olympics paint scheme at Talladega to kick off the effort.
Five Special Olympics athletes were the VIP guests of Cingular Wireless
and Gordon Sunday and were present in the garage area to meet Gordon,
Richard Childress and Richard Childress Racing’s (RCR) No. 31 team
Cingular is in its fourth year of supporting
Special Olympics and the promotion was launched to help support
Special Olympics Team USA athletes who will compete at the 2003
Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland, June 21-29.
The games will showcase the athletic skills,
courage and dignity of 7,500 athletes with mental retardation from
more than 150 countries around the world.
Cingular Wireless, an official partner
of Special Olympics USA and an official sponsor of Special Olympics
Team USA, has raised more than $28.1 million for the organization
over the past three years. Cingular’s fundraising effort is the
largest partnership in Special Olympics history.
ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Special Olympics is an international year-round program of sports
training and competition for individuals with mental retardation.
More than one million athletes in over 150 countries train and compete
in 26 Olympic-type summer and winter sports. Founded in 1968 by
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people with mental
retardation continuing opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate
courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of
gifts and friendship with other athletes, their families and the
community. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics.
Visit Special Olympics online at www.specialolympics.org or on AOL
(Keyword: Special Olympics).
ABOUT CINGULAR WIRELESS
Cingular Wireless, a joint venture between SBC Communications (NYSE
– SBC) and BellSouth (NYSE – BLS), serves more than 22 million voice
and data customers across the United States. A leader in mobile
voice and data communications, Cingular is the only U.S. wireless
carrier to offer Rollover, the wireless plan that lets customers
keep their unused monthly minutes. Cingular provides cellular/PCS
service in 43 of the top 50 markets nationwide, and provides corporate
e-mail and other advanced data services through its GPRS and Mobitex
packet data networks. Details of the company are available at www.cingular.com