Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska Announce 2014 Summer of Heroes Program to Honor Local Youth

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Call for Nominations Opens May 1

Today, Alaska Communications announces its fourth annual Summer of Heroes program in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska. The program recognizes five young Alaska heroes, plus one from the Employee Program, who are making a difference in Alaska communities. Each of the selected heroes will be awarded a $1,500 scholarship and a trip to the Alaska State Fair Aug. 24. The nomination period runs from May 1 to July 15. Alaska Communications will also celebrate Alaska’s young heroes in a series of events throughout the summer, including the Lefty Van Brunt Memorial Youth Baseball & Softball Camp, which will return for its third year.

In addition to recognizing local heroes, Alaska Communications will again donate $25 to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska, up to $15,000 total, for every smartphone sold between May 1 and July 15, 2014. Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska has lost millions of dollars in federal funding in the past several years due to the decline of federal grants, which have caused Clubhouses to close and affected the availability of resources. Alaska Communications will present its donation Sept. 14 at the Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska 32nd Annual Auction Gala.

“At Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska, we are able to give kids and teens mentorship from positive adult role models in a safe environment where they can learn and grow into future leaders of their communities,” said Alana Humphrey, CEO at Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska. “For the past three years, the Summer of Heroes program has helped extraordinary youth take one step closer to their goals. We’re thankful for the generous support that Alaska Communications provides to help these dreams become reality.”

Alaska Communications encourages parents, teachers, mentors, coaches and friends to nominate their young heroes. A hero can be any youth, ages 6 to 18, who has made a significant contribution to his or her community through acts of generosity, courage or achievement. Some examples of these acts include volunteering or raising significant funds for a worthwhile cause, accomplishing something extraordinary in school or in sports, or inspiring others to take action.

Last year, the 2013 heroes came from communities across Alaska, each with a unique and inspiring story. From raising funds to keep a rural village school open, to serving as a volunteer firefighter and emergency trauma technician, last year’s heroes all found special ways to make an impact locally.

“Alaska Communications takes great pride in investing in the future leaders of Alaska,” Anand Vadapalli, Alaska Communications president and CEO said. “Summer of Heroes and our partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska helps us continue to support and strengthen programs that help youth succeed.”

Alaskans can nominate themselves or others by filling out the online nomination form and answering a series of short answer questions. The deadline for nominations is July 15. Visit the Summer of Heroes website for program rules and details about the nomination process.

Alaskans can show their support for youth development programs by participating in events throughout the summer, such as the Faster Than a Falcon 5K Run May 10 and the Color Runs in Fairbanks and Anchorage June 7 and 28, respectively. The Lefty Van Brunt Memorial Youth Baseball & Softball Camp is also returning to Anchorage June 9-13. For more information or to register for the camp, visit the Glacier Pilots website in mid-May.

For more information, please visit or an Alaska Communications retail store. Keep updated on Summer of Heroes initiatives and events by connecting with Alaska Communications on Facebook and Twitter.

About Alaska Communications
Alaska Communications is a leading provider of advanced broadband and managed service solutions for businesses and consumers in Alaska. The company operates a highly reliable, advanced statewide data and voice network with the latest technology and the most diverse undersea fiber optic system connecting Alaska to the contiguous United States. For more information, visit or

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