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Cellular Sales recently gave a $15,000 donation to SOAR Youth Ministries to help support Knoxville children in need. SOAR Youth Ministries focuses upon helping at-risk youth in the Lonsdale area through after school training, a summer academy and a mentoring program. For the past three years, Cellular Sales has been helping SOAR serve the community through financial donations.
“The volunteers at SOAR have a passion for underprivileged youth and want to make a difference in their lives,” said Clayton Wood, executive director of SOAR Youth Ministries. “With the help of Cellular Sales, we get closer to that goal every year.” (Knoxville News Sentinel, June 3, 2012)
The donated funds will go to support the summer academy. During summer months, SOAR provides an all-day place for youth to participate in an intensive reading program, go on educational field trips and learn more about the Bible.The theme for the Summer Academy 2012 is “I Spy.” Throughout the summer the children at SOAR will go on a scavenger hunt researching bugs, America in the 1930′s, tracking the meteor storm, serving the city and more! Programs like this help the children develop a passion for reading while inspiring a sense of pride in the whole community.
Cellular Sales will also sponsor the annual SOAR Golf Tournament on July 2 at Gettysvue Golf Course. As the nations largest Verizon Wireless retailer, Cellular Sales has been privileged to open over 500 stores throughout the nation. In addition to bringing job opportunities to local communities, Cellular Sales is proud to invest in the future of these communities through programs like SOAR.
For the second year in a row, Cellular Sales has donated a $2500 grant to the the CNY Football Academy, a free football camp for kids in the Syracuse area. Organized by three NFL players, this annual camp provides an opportunity for children of all ages and economic backgrounds to learn about working hard, setting goals and achieving milestones.
Each year Mike Hart (a former running back for the Indianapolis Colts), Jo-Lonn Dunbar (a linebacker for the St. Louis Rams), and Tyvon Branch (a safety for the Oakland Raiders) return to home to Syracuse to offer this camp as a gift to the community. “It’s great to come back home every year and give back to the community that’s always supported me,” said Mike Hart, current running backs coach at Eastern Michigan University. “We’re lucky that we get to do something we love, while having fun with local kids and making this a community event.”
“It astounds us every year to see how this camp touches so many lives of those in our area,” said Tim Blackburn, regional director at Cellular. “We couldn’t be happier to be a part of this special program.”
The CNY Football Academy camp will be held on Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Sunnycrest Park.