RCN Participates in Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby for Special Olympics Illinois
Company's Rubber Ducks Join More Than 30,000 Others in a Race Down the Chicago River
CHICAGO, IL, Aug 09, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX News Network) — RCN (NASDAQ: RCNI), a local provider of all-digital television, high speed Internet and voice services, will support Special Olympics Illinois by participating in the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby in Chicago on August 12, 2010.
The 5th annual Rubber Ducky Derby is a fundraising event organized by Special Olympics Illinois and sponsored by RCN. The competition will begin at 1:00 pm when more than 30,000 rubber ducks will be dropped into the Chicago River and race from the Columbus Drive Bridge to Michigan Avenue. RCN is celebrating its 4th year supporting the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby and has donated $21,000 in advertising to promote the event. In addition, RCN will adopt a team of ducks to participate in the derby.
"We are pleased to support the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby because it helps raise public awareness of Special Olympics," said Tom McKay, GM of RCN-Chicago. "As a local provider of cable, phone and Internet services, we believe it's important to be involved in the communities we serve. So, we are happy to assist them in raising funds and providing encouragement for their wonderful athletes."
All proceeds from the Rubber Ducky Derby directly benefit the more than 25,000 athletes served by Special Olympics Illinois. As an added value, those who adopt a rubber duck become eligible to win prizes such as a shopping spree, vacation, flat screen TV and more. For additional information about the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby, visit http://www.duckrace.com/chicago.
"We are very appreciative of RCN's support," said Doug Snyder, President and CEO of Special Olympics Illinois. "It enables us to continue our work to provide opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities to develop strength, courage and a connectedness to their friends and family. The advertising that RCN donated will also help increase awareness for this much-anticipated event."
About RCN Corporation RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), http://www.rcn.com, is a competitive broadband services provider delivering all-digital and high definition video, high-speed internet and premium voice services to residential and small-medium business customers under the brand names of RCN and RCN Business Services, respectively. In addition, through its RCN Metro Optical Networks business unit, RCN delivers fiber-based high-capacity data transport services to large commercial customers, primarily large enterprises and carriers, targeting the metropolitan central business districts in the company's geographic markets. RCN's primary service areas include Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley (PA), New York City, Boston and Chicago. (RCNI-G)
About Special Olympics Illinois Special Olympics Illinois is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that raises funds through private means, such as donations and grants. Special Olympics Illinois is accredited by Special Olympics, Inc. which operates in all 50 states and in more than 180 countries. Illinois supports nearly 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 4,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities annually from communities throughout the state.
The focus in Special Olympics is on what athletes can do. Like everyone, Special Olympics athletes like to win, but more importantly -- they strive to do their best. The sportsmanship that is demonstrated on the court, in the field, or on the track serves as an inspiration to all. http://www.soill.org.
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