|By Business Wire||
|May 2, 2014 12:33 PM EDT||
Lenovo (SEHK:0992)(Pink Sheets:LNVGY) and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald have teamed up to advance technology in the classroom and excite kids about learning. Through their community outreach, both Lenovo and Larry Fitzgerald via his First Down Fund non-profit organization, focus on helping disadvantaged youth gain appropriate education and access to technology in order to better their future.
As part of the technology donation program announced today, several schools in Minneapolis and Phoenix have been chosen based on the population of underserved students as well as their high academic achievements. For Larry Fitzgerald, the tie to these two cities is personal as he was born in Minneapolis and resides in Phoenix. His support of children in Arizona and throughout the world and was recognized. He was selected as Humanitarian of the Year by Pro Football Weekly in 2012, was one of three finalists for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2013 and was named with the Alfredo J. Molina Community Lifetime Award in June of 2013.
“In today’s environment access to technology makes a difference in kids’ lives and the opportunities they will have to succeed in the future,” said Larry Fitzgerald, who has been selected to the Pro Bowl eight times in 10 seasons with the Cardinals. “The Lenovo tablets will be the first experience for some students with such a useful tool and will make a tremendous impact on the lives of underprivileged children.”
On May 2nd, Larry Fitzgerald will visit the Adelante College Prep, a middle school in Minneapolis and with Lenovo’s help will deliver a classroom full of Lenovo tablets and equipment to enable the children at the school to gain much needed access to technology. A week later, on May 9th, Larry Fitzgerald will be onsite at Lowell school in Phoenix and will share Lenovo technology products with those students.
A total of 1,000 pieces of Lenovo equipment will be donated to five schools in Minneapolis and four schools in Phoenix and will be used for a variety of school needs. A portion of Lenovo tablets will be located in computer labs, while some will be used for after-school programs or at teacher’s disposal for educating children about technology.
“Lenovo is proud to join forces with the NFL star Larry Fitzgerald. Our community efforts are well aligned around education and together we can make a greater difference in the lives of children across the country, said David Rabin, executive director Marketing at Lenovo.
Lenovo invests in causes that support disadvantaged youth, K-12 education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education to empower young people with technology and drive future workforce development.
Lenovo (SEHK:0992)(Pink Sheets:LNVGY) is a US$34 billion personal technology company – the largest PC maker worldwide and an emerging PC Plus leader – serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the Company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Lenovo branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo, a global Fortune 500 company, has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.Lenovo.com or www.lenovo.com/education.
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