Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, announced $25,000 in grants to youth soccer leagues in El Centro and 24 other cities in the western United States as part of its celebration of the 2002 World Cup. The company's three-part World Cup celebration is titled "Onda Futbolera de Verizon Wireless," and includes youth soccer events, a game show and a sweepstakes.
Festivities begin in El Centro on Saturday at the grand opening of Verizon Wireless' newest retail store at 880 N. Imperial Ave. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fiesta Mundialista will feature three hours of Latino music, soccer activities, prizes and giveaways. League members will demonstrate their soccer moves and Spanish-language radio and TV stations will participate with live broadcasts and appearances by on-air personalities.
Verizon Wireless will present a $1,000 check to a representative of the local soccer league Saturday at the El Centro store. Parents, family and friends of the soccer youths, as well as residents in the community, are invited to join in the fiesta.