Sponsorships available for Wilson youth academic, athletic organizations

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Youth organizations in Wilson County can earn up to $1,000 through U.S. Cellular’s Community Connections program through a program that began Tuesday, the wireless company said.

Now in its fourth year, Community Connections provides sponsorship support to help youth groups pay for uniforms, equipment, travel and other group expenses. Since the program launched in 2015, U.S. Cellular has awarded $1.3 million to more than 2,800 groups, including sports teams, STEM programs, marching bands and dance squads.

Academic and athletic groups representing kids and teens up to 12th grade can sign up now at www.uscellular.com/communityconnections to become eligible to receive sponsorship funds. Once signed up, groups are then able to rally their friends, families and supporters to complete online activities that earn money for their needs.

“We know that there are Wilson County organizations and clubs that provide meaningful experiences for our youth every day, and Community Connections is one way that we can support them to achieve their goals,” said Jeremy Taylor, director of sales at U.S. Cellular in eastern North Carolina. “As we enter the fourth year of this program, we realize that it is all about helping our communities connect to the good in all of us, and we encourage Wilson County youth leaders to visit the website and see how easy it is to earn money for their group.”

Once an interested group signs up, leaders have 10 days to generate support and complete online activities that include following U.S. Cellular on its social channels, watching a video or answering a short survey. The money goes directly to the organization, and each group can earn up to $1,000.

U.S. Cellular, the fifth-largest wireless carrier in the United States, has contributed more than $10.65 million to K-12 education since 2009.