Winston-Salem Open Partners with Sprint to Benefit Local Schools

June 15, 2012 10:26 AM
The Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University is partnering with Sprint™ for a fundraising program as part of the August 18-25 tournament.  For every used cell collected at the Winston-Salem Open or mailed to Sprint in designated envelopes, Sprint will provide support for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County middle schools athletics programs.

Sprint representatives will have collection bins at the main entrance to the tournament and another at the Sprint booth.  Postage-paid envelopes also will be available for those who want to contribute cell phones but did not bring phones with them.  Sprint will accept cell phones, batteries and cell phone accessories.  Sprint will, in turn, refurbish the phones for future use or recycle the batteries and other raw components.  Cell phones from any carrier and in any condition will be accepted.

"A key goal of the Winston-Salem Open is to be supportive of and give back to the local community," said tournament director Bill Oakes.  "Sprint had done similar cell phone collection programs with NASCAR, and they proved to be very successful in terms of fundraising.  Our phone collection program could easily bring in thousands of dollars for local middle schools.  One-hundred percent of the money from Sprint goes to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County middle schools."

"Almost everyone has an old cell phone or two in a drawer somewhere," Oakes said.  "This is a great opportunity to get rid of something that is useless to you, have it recycled in an environmentally friendly way and benefit local schools at the same time.  It’s what I call a ‘win-win-win’ for the local community.  This is the first time that the Sprint has done a cell phone fundraising program in Winston-Salem, but we hope it is so successful that we will be able to continue the program in years to come."
Look for cell phone collection bins at the main gate and at Sprint’s booth on the main concourse
OR pick up a pre-paid label and mail in your old cell phone at your convenience
. (Also available HERE)

•140 million phones are discarded each year, which amounts to 65,000 tons of e-waste in landfills
•Sprint has collected more than 20 million phones since 2001 and helped raise more than $7 million for charities through recycling programs
•In 2009, 90% of phones collected were re-used.  Materials from phones that cannot be re-used are recycled i.e. batteries are reconditioned or used to create other new rechargeable battery products
• Approximately 4 billion cell phones are in use around the world – half the population
• Consumer recycling is low – the current recycle rate in U.S. is estimated at 10%
• Recycling your old phone helps keep e-waste out of landfills and when reused conserves the virgin materials and energy needed to manufacture a new phone
Policy is to erase all personal data
• Zero e-Waste policy (no dumping, landfilling or waste incineration)
• Giving materials a "second life"
• Precious metals recovered are used in jewelry, electronics, plumbing, etc.
• Waste from metal refining process is used in asphalt for road beds and shingles
• Plastics are ground and mixed with new plastic resins to make consumer products
• Batteries are reconditioned or used to create other new rechargeable battery products
•Paper products are transformed into a component of fiber board

About the Winston-Salem Open
The Winston-Salem Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event with a total purse of $625,000, will take place from August 18-25, 2012, with qualifying set for August 19 and August 20. The tournament will be the final men’s event of the Olympus US Open Series.  The tournament will receive national television exposure via Tennis Channel and ESPN2, including the singles final broadcasted by CBS.  The Winston-Salem Open offers a text update program to keep fans informed about the tournament.  To enroll in the free service, text WINSTON to 55333.

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