Program Provides Opportunity for Local Groups to Secure up to $1,000 in Funding

U.S. Cellular announced on March 3rd that its “Community Connections” program is back for the third consecutive year to provide sponsorship support to local youth organizations. Since the program launched in 2015, the company has awarded nearly $900,000 in sponsorship dollars to more than 2,200 school groups and youth sports teams.

Academic and athletic groups (K-12) in and around Memphis can now sign up at www.pearup.com/uscellular to participate in this program and become eligible to receive sponsorship from the company to go towards the needs of their group.

“U.S. Cellular is excited to continue supporting local youth organizations through Community Connections. This program rewards groups that provide youth with meaningful experiences and opportunities,” said Nakeita Stewart, Director of Sales for U.S. Cellular in Missouri. “As we begin the third year of this program, it is clear that countless deserving organizations exist, and we are proud to be able to have a positive impact on the communities where we live and work.”

The Scotland County R-I Band has already launched its efforts to secure $1,000 in grant funding through the program.

Through the Community Connections program, U.S. Cellular has sponsored thousands of local youth groups, school programs and sports teams, such as little leagues, youth soccer clubs, school dance teams and bands. This includes a variety of clubs in the Memphis area, ranging from the Muddogs Baseball team to the Scotland County Color Guard, High School Band and Foundation, each of which secured sponsorship dollars.

Once an interested group signs up at the website, they have ten days to generate support from neighbors, friends, family and their community to earn money by completing simple tasks such as following U.S. Cellular on its social channels, watching a video or answering a short survey.  This money goes directly to the organization or group, and each group can earn up to $1,000 that can be used towards uniforms, equipment or other program needs.

The Community Connections program is a collaboration between U.S. Cellular and Pear, an online platform that connects local brands with local community needs. In addition, in 2016 U.S Cellular contributed $1.3 million to K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focused education programs through its partnerships with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and National 4-H Council.

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