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Corporations help drive financial success in a city through the products and services they sell and the people they employ. Corporations can also help cities thrive through their civic donations.
At Sprint, we look at our civic-infrastructure support as a form of investing; we are investing in our communities, our people and our future. With our headquarters in Overland Park, Kan., we've made significant community-infrastructure investments in the Kansas City community, and we have seen – and are continuing to see – much return on this investment.
A $3,000,000 Sprint Foundation grant to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Center enriches the lives of the Kansas City community and the lives of communities throughout the region, country and world by offering extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences. The Center is home to three of the region's leading performing arts organizations-Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. The Center also serves as a cultural catalyst for Kansas City's downtown, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts places a new spotlight on the region's performing arts community; further establishing Kansas City as a dynamic and diverse cultural destination.
The Sprint Foundation has awarded the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, approximately $2,000,000, for the Sprint Fund for Children and other Education and Community programing and museum expansion since 1998. The Museum is committed through its collections and programs to being a vital partner in the educational and cultural life of Kansas City and a valued institution both nationally and internationally.
The Sprint Foundation has awarded more than $1,200,000 to the Kansas City Zoo towards the construction of Deramus Education Pavilion, Polar Bear Exhibit and other projects. Each of these contributions supports the Zoo's mission to be the most family-friendly zoo in the country and contributes to the culture of the Kansas City community and region.
As a strong advocate of diversity, culture and the Kansas City community, Sprint is proud to support Kansas City's Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM). The NLBM is the world's only museum dedicated to preserving the history of black baseball in America and educating today's audience on the importance of the Negro Leagues. Sprint has supported this important community asset with close to $500,000 in Sprint Foundation grants since 1993.
Sprint is proud to be the naming sponsor of Kansas City's Sprint Center arena, a venue for world-class entertainment, sporting events and more, and the anchor to more than $6 billion of reinvestment in Kansas City's revitalized downtown area. Since opening in 2007, Sprint Center has exceeded expectations by hosting more than 500 events and over 5 million guests. Sprint Center has truly helped move Kansas City to the forefront; Pollstar Magazine's mid-year 2012 issue recognized Sprint Center as America's seventh-busiest arena and #20 among worldwide arenas. Since Sprint Center's inception, the city of Kansas City, Mo., has received nearly $5 million in unanticipated revenue through a profit-sharing provision in its arena-management agreement with AEG, one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world.
A $100,000 Sprint Foundation grant to the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund went towards replacement of the USS Arizona Memorial Museum and Visitor Center. The Sprint Foundation made this donation to allow the Museum and Visitor Center the opportunity to better tell the full story of the attack on Pearl Harbor through increased space, new artifacts, and additional educational and research tools.
In 2011, the Sprint Foundation provided The University of Kansas Cancer Center with a $1 million grant to create a new professorship in blood-related cancers that will lead the cancer center's team of physician scientists in their cancer research and patient care. The grant helped The University of Kansas Cancer Center receive a National Cancer Institute designation, which will help the Kansas City community attract new resources, funding and talent.
In 2011, the Sprint Foundation provided a five-year, $1 million grant to the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) to fund an endowed professorship for the upcoming Urban Education Research Center in UMKC's School of Education. The endowed professor will be a vital part of the new center which will focus on conducting and disseminating research that addresses the challenges associated with urban schools both locally and nationally. Education is a key philanthropic focus area for Sprint and the Sprint Foundation, and this grant helps UMKC continue its mission of quality education for all children and provides Sprint another opportunity to give back to Sprint's hometown of Kansas City.
Sprint and Samsung Telecommunications America partnered with the Green Education Foundation (GEF) to launch the GEF's Sustainability Education Teaching Methods professional-development course. The online course emphasize the core themes of sustainability education, including the knowledge, skills and intellectual habits essential for academic excellence and innovation, global citizenship and ecological literacy in the 21st Century and beyond. A $500,000 grant from Sprint and Samsung allowed all 1,000-plus attendees of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) 2011 annual convention to take the course for free.