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October 18, 2004

Sprint News Release: Sprint Employee Honored by National Business & Disability Council

From: Sprint - Oct 18, 2004

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John D. Adams, Sprint, 913-794-2940

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Sprint Employee Honored by National Business & Disability Council

Sprint Relay agent George Littlejohn receives NBDC's 2004 Gold Employee of the Year Award of Honor

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., & LAS VEGAS – Oct. 18, 2004 – The National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) recently presented its 2004 Awards of Honor. Sprint Relay agent George Littlejohn, a 10-year employee of the company, was honored with the prestigious Employee of the Year award. Littlejohn is totally blind and works out of the Sprint Relay call center in Independence, Mo.

"George Littlejohn is, first and foremost, a hard-working, customer-focused employee," said Tony D'Agata, vice president and general manager – Sprint Government Systems Division. "Sprint is very fortunate that he also brings a unique perspective and a diverse set of talents to his position at the Sprint Relay center and to the customers he serves. I am pleased to see him receive recognition for his efforts."

The Employee of the Year award is presented to an employee with a disability who is engaged in competitive employment, acts as a positive influence for other staff members, and exemplifies the NBDC's philosophy – that a qualified person with a disability can perform productively if given an equal opportunity to compete.

Littlejohn was recognized by the NBDC based on the high recommendations of his managers and co-workers. He consistently acts as a team player and a role model, even teaching call-processing techniques to new employees who are blind when they are in training. He has also enriched the culture at the Independence call center by teaching his coworkers about blind culture and the appropriate ways to work and interact with a blind person.

About Sprint Relay
Sprint has 14 years of experience in providing relay services to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or who have a speech disability to communicate with hearing persons on the phone. Sprint offers relay services through an intelligent platform to the federal government, 31 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and New Zealand. Sprint's experience in the field provides the assurance that all Sprint Relay services will meet or exceed Federal Communications Commission requirements for telecommunications relay services. Relay service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with no restrictions on the number of calls placed or call length. For more information, visit

About Sprint
Sprint is a global integrated communications provider serving more than 26 million customers in over 100 countries. With more than $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

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