- What's the news: The Un-carrier is increasing its support of families in need, donating $10,000 per home run during the World Series to help cover Little League registration fees. And, when you text “LittleLeague” to 313131, T-Mobile will donate $5 per text to support a kid in your area, up to an additional $2 million. Plus, T-Mobile is giving away five 5G smartphones every 5th inning during the series.
- Why it matters: Little League is where many kids across the country first experience teamwork and learn the true meaning of sportsmanship … and thanks to these donations, thousands more will be able to play who otherwise couldn’t afford it.
- Who it's for: Little Leaguers® with big league dreams.
BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Un-carrier is doubling down on its commitment to support youth, at a time when budgets are tighter than ever for families all across the country. Today, T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) announced it’s increasing the company’s previous commitment to Little League, now donating not $5,000 but $10,000 per home run hit during the World Series to the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant Program, which ensures kids can participate in their local Little League by helping cover registration fees. Through the World Series, everyone — T-Mobile customer or not — can continue to support the cause by simply texting “LittleLeague” to 313131. For every text, T-Mobile will now donate not $1 but $5 — up to an additional $2 million — to support grant recipients in the texters’ local community next season. And the Un-carrier is giving five lucky fans 5G devices during (when else) the 5th inning of every game on Twitter @TMobile.
“These are challenging times for our nation’s youth, and opportunities to learn and play are absolutely paramount — that’s why we’re amplifying our commitment to Little League this World Series, and this important cause that remains so close to our hearts,” said Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile. “We received so many incredible stories and inspiring notes of gratitude from families last season, and we look forward to seeing thousands more grant recipients accomplish great things next season … so start texting, and help us hit that $2 million mark!”
Following the onset of the global pandemic, families across the country are facing more financial challenges now than ever before. For many parents like Joanna Brown, financial assistance through the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant Program made it possible for her child to participate in Little League. “As a single parent, I don’t get these opportunities very often for my son, but thanks to this program he was able to have the best summer of his life,” said Brown. “My son has high functioning autism, and it’s hard for him to be a part of teams and easily make friends … but he enjoyed being on that field, being up to bat and having friends in the dugout cheering him on. The camaraderie of his teammates and coaches was unbelievable, and this program made it all happen.”
Here’s how you can trigger donations to the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant Program, on behalf of T-Mobile:
- Text “LittleLeague” to 313131 up to 20 times, even if you’re not a T-Mobile customer!
- If you’d like, reply to the text you receive with your zip code and T-Mobile will direct your donation to a kid in your community.
- T-Mobile will donate $5 per text to the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant Program, up to $2 million.
- Check out www.T-MobileCallUpGrant.com to see a live tracker of where your donations are going. Then, tell your friends!
Plus, along with giving fans the chance to rally around a good cause this MLB Postseason, today the Un-carrier is teaming up with MLB to bring fans alongside players as they gear up for the 116th Fall Classic … virtually! T-Mobile 5G BatterCams mounted on player and coach hats will provide a first-person look at the action, while 360-degree T-Mobile 5G FieldCams will transport fans to the field. The unprecedented livestream is made possible by T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network which enables high-definition cameras to transmit wirelessly, allowing for true mobility. Fans can tune in before Game One of the World Series on MLB.com, Twitch, @MLB on Twitter, Facebook, the MLB app, MLB.TV, the MLB VR app on Oculus, as well as T-MobileBeyondtheBases.com.
T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network covers over 260 million people across 1.3 million square miles. And thanks to the Un-carrier’s massive supply of ideal mid-band 5G spectrum (2.5 GHz), in many places, mid-band 5G average download speeds are already around 300 Mbps with peak speeds approaching 1 Gbps…that’s 7.5X faster than today’s average LTE speeds. T-Mobile’s mid-band 5G is already in 210 cities and towns with thousands more on the way by end of year.
After giving more than $1 million to the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant Program in 2019, the Un-carrier gave nearly 5,000 children from more than 700 leagues in almost every state across the country the ability to play ball. In addition to the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant Program, T-Mobile has dedicated resources to refurbish fields, as well as provide bats, balls and other crucial equipment to leagues. To hear more about how these grants have impacted families directly, head here.
To learn more about the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant Program, including how to apply, visit www.T-MobileCallUpGrant.com. Be sure to follow @TMobile on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates through the World Series.
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