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Verizon Celebrates Super Bowl XLVI Weekend with Popular Gospel Event

February 07, 2012


To kick off the Super Bowl XLVI weekend, Verizon (News - Alert) participated in the 13th annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration on Friday, Feb. 3.

The event was an extension of Verizon’s 2011 “How Sweet the Sound“ gospel choir collaboration which was held earlier in October. This year’s “Best Overall Choir” went to Salvation and Deliverance Church Choir for an award of $25,000.

The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is the first and only gospel event sanctioned by the NFL for Super Bowl weekend. The concert featured Grammy Award-winning gospel and contemporary Christian artists as well as, the NFL Players Choir.

Artists this year included gospel singers CeCe Winans and Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Christian singers Natalie Grant, Donnie McClurkin and Wess Morgan, along with, rapper Rev Run and R&B singer Fantasia.

Additionally, Verizon’s, “How Sweet the Sound” celebration winner, Salvation and Deliverance Church Choir, performed a special set.

Over the last 11 years, close to $400,000 and 5,000 tickets have been donated to the Super Bowl event, which not only is a gospel celebration, but a fundraiser as well.

This year was no exception as the official wireless service provider of the NFL presented a donation of $15,000 to the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Donations were gathered through Verizon’s HopeLine to help women and families of domestic abuse.

HopeLine gives customers a way to prevent domestic violence by donating no-longer used wireless phones and accessories from any service provider in any condition.

Phones donated are either sold with profits going to the organization, or are refurbished for reuse. Refurbished phones, complete with 3,000 minutes of wireless service, are provided to local domestic violence organizations or local government and law enforcement agencies for use with their domestic violence clients.

Another success provided by Verizon Wireless (News - Alert) during the Super Bowl weekend was the announcement of their first ever NFL Mobile app. The new application, free to Android (News - Alert) and iPhone devices, featured live streaming of the Super Bowl XLVI game to all Verizon users.

With NFL Mobile users were able to stream live coverage of the game through their smartphone as well as, keep up-to-date with breaking news, highlights, videos on demand and live NFL Network coverage.

To celebrate the big game, Verizon Wireless enhanced its network at more than 30 venues in Indianapolis, including major hotels and all of the facilities where the game and related events took place.

While there, visitors were able to test their athletic skills, both mentally and physically, with Verizon’s Training Ground Experience and Super Bowl XLVI Village. Fans were also able to meet, take photos with and get autographs from professional football legends.

Jordan Eggers has five years of writing experience and has written pieces for various print outlets and websites. Currently living abroad, she is working as a freelance writer and enjoys keeping up-to-date on everything new happening in technology.

Edited by Jennifer Russell