UPS, Archie Manning Seek Highlight Reel Interceptions
Delivery Intercept Video Contest Puts Cash, Prizes, Donations Up for Grabs by High School or Youth Football Programs
ATLANTA, July 30, 2007 – UPS (NYSE:UPS) and former NFL quarterback Archie Manning are looking for videos of the country’s best amateur football interceptions in the UPS Delivery InterceptSM Challenge Video Contest.
Those who submit videos of interceptions to www.ups.com/challenge can nab cash and prizes and compete for a chance to steer a donation of as much as $10,000 to the high school or youth football program of their choice.
UPS will even give a $100 American Express® Gift Card and a football to 100 people – the first 25 qualified entrants in each of the contest’s four “quarters” – just for submitting videos.
“In my family of quarterbacks, the word ’interception’ wasn’t one we allowed at the dinner table,” Manning said. “But the UPS Delivery Intercept Challenge Video Contest is making me look at interceptions in a whole new light. It’s going to be a lot of fun and will benefit some great football programs.”
The contest highlights a service UPS introduced earlier this year called UPS Delivery Intercept that allows UPS shippers to make game-saving interceptions of their own. The industry’s only Web-enabled package interception service, UPS Delivery Intercept gives customers the ultimate flexibility and control to return, redirect or hold packages before they’re delivered.
Today through Dec. 3, U.S. residents 21 and older are invited to submit digital videos of interceptions from high school, youth and other amateur football games to the contest Web site at www.ups.com/challenge. Even vintage footage is eligible, but not videos of the pros and officially sanctioned college football.
“I’m excited about this contest,” said Paul Standard, coach of the St. Pius X Catholic High School Golden Lions in Atlanta. “It’s a fun way to get some attention for your players and your program and maybe even add some cash to your budget.”
Submitted videos will be posted to the contest site, and visitors will have the opportunity to view and rate them. Entries will be grouped into four “quarters” according to the dates they’re submitted.
In December, judges will pick eight finalists – two from each quarter – to advance to the UPS Delivery Intercept Challenge Bowl. Online voting on those eight videos from Dec. 17 through Jan. 4, 2008 will determine the winners, to be announced Jan. 9, 2008.
The submitter of the grand prize video will receive a $25,000 cash prize, the opportunity to designate a $10,000 donation to the high school or youth football program of his or her choice, a tailgate party with Archie Manning for 100 people and a Manning-autographed football. The second- and third-prize winners, and the five remaining finalists, also will snag cash prizes and the opportunity to steer donations to their favorite football programs.
For UPS, the contest is an opportunity to highlight a great new service and to shine a spotlight on amateur football players and their teams, said Kurt Kuehn, UPS senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing.
“In both football and business, a great interception can be the difference between winning and losing and we’re excited about providing shippers an unprecedented level of control with UPS Delivery Intercept,” Kuehn said. “We’re also delighted to highlight some talented young football players and contribute some funds to their programs.”
Complete rules and a complete list of prizes are available at www.ups.com/challenge.
UPS, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2007, is the world’s largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services, offering an extensive range of options for synchronizing the movement of goods, information and funds. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. UPS’s stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (UPS) and the company can be found on the Web at UPS.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
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