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March 25, 2004

DeafNation Road Trip Launches April 28 in Washington, D.C.

From: Sprint - Mar 25, 2004

Sprint is exclusive sponsor of tour reaching 51 cities in 93 days

Media Contact:
Stephanie Taliaferro, 913-794-3658

Linda Gabriel, 301-529-3813

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & FREDERICK, Md. — March 25, 2004

On April 28, DeafNation, Inc., will launch a national traveling reality show called the DeafNation Road Trip, from our nation's capitol, Washington, D.C. The Road Trip, a new concept exclusively sponsored by Sprint (NYSE: FON, PCS), will stop in 51 cities, meeting up with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals across the United States over the course of 93 days.

"The main purpose of a tour like this is to reach out to underexposed communities," said Jed Barish, CIO if DeafNation, Inc., "especially those limited in travels or education, and to build a stronger national Deaf community through our language and cultural pride!"

Tour updates will appear online throughout the journey. The Road Trip will explore historic treasures such as Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone Park and visit educational events such as the National Association of the Deaf convention in Kansas City, Kan. The Road Trip will also include thrilling skill games similar to those seen on reality TV shows.

"Sprint has been involved with DeafNation for eight years, so we're excited to now be the exclusive sponsor for the DeafNation Road Trip," said Mike Ligas, region vice president, Sprint Relay. "The Road Trip is important to help broaden the education of communication options available for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals located in areas that don't often benefit from this type of exposure."

Road trip staff and guests will travel in a new 32' Fleetwood RV, designed specifically for exhibition, special coverage and outdoor events. Soon viewers will be able to see a video of this unusual vehicle on the DeafNation website. The RV will be on display on Saturday, March 27 at the DeafNation Expo in Charlotte, N.C., at the Charlotte Convention Center.

The tour route map, posted on, will assist viewers in tracking the tour and to interact with online activities so in this way viewers can vicariously travel with the tour as it moves around the country!

About Sprint
Sprint is a global integrated communications provider serving more than 26 million customers in over 100 countries. With approximately 67,000 employees worldwide and over $26 billion in annual revenues in 2003, Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-of-the-art network technologies, including the United States' first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network and an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint provides local communications services in 39 states and the District of Columbia and operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States. For more information, visit

About Sprint Relay
Sprint is the leading provider of relay services in the United States and offers options so those who are deaf, hard of hearing and speech-disabled can communicate anytime, anywhere. Sprint has nearly 14 years of experience in providing Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and is the relay service provider for 32 states plus the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the federal government. The Sprint Relay portfolio includes TRS, Sprint Video Relay, Sprint Relay Online and CapTel Relay Service. More information is available at

About DeafNation Expo
We are the foremost exhibition for, by and about Deaf people. The DeafNation expo is a free celebration of culture, an exhibition of technology, a business and a social event, all wrapped up into one.

DeafNation is on the web to become the online destination for web surfers wanting to stay abreast of what is happening in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. We provide constantly updated news feed, video clips in sign language, and the latest in Deaf sports accessed through

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