News Release

March 11, 2015

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The 69th Annual Gold Medal community basketball tournament will kick off this weekend in Juneau.  GCI is proud to be a leading sponsor of this year’s tournament, which brings teams from 10 Southeast communities together and has been organized by the Juneau Lions Club since 1947.

Throughout the tournament, players and fans can enter to win prizes like the latest smartphones and tablets from GCI.  During the championship game on March 21, one lucky winner will take home 25,000 Alaska Airlines Miles courtesy of GCI. In addition, GCI sales reps will be at the games to answer questions, help attendees upgrade to the latest smartphone or tablet and more.

“GCI is excited to sponsor the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament,” said GCI Vice President Southeast Regional Operations Warren Russell. “This annual event provides plenty of fast paced competition and allows family, friends and communities to meet in Juneau. They can celebrate, spend quality time together and cheer for their home teams. We are proud of be part of the Gold Medal experience and look forward to seeing many of our customers and neighbors at the games.”

Melinda Carle is a retail representative who works at the GCI Juneau stores.  She will be representing her hometown of Angoon during the tournament.  From March 15 – 21, teams from Angoon, Craig, Haines, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Kake, Klukwan, Metlakatla, Wrangell and Yakutat will be in Juneau to compete.

“I’ve played in the tournament a few times, and I really like it because it allows me to visit with family who come to Juneau from across the Southeast,” said GCI Angoon representative Carle. “The games can get really exciting, with lots of community support and family members cheering from the bleachers.”

In 2014 GCI was voted the “Best Telecom Provider in Southeast” by readers of the Juneau Empire.  The GCI network in Juneau was recently upgraded and optimized from Eagle Crest to Auke Bay to provide the fastest 4G LTE service on Alaska’s largest network.

About GCI

GCI is the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. The Alaska-based company is dedicated to providing the best in communication services, including the state’s largest wireless network, high-speed broadband, digital cable television and local telephone services. The company offers more than 1,200 TurboZone locations statewide to provide customers with more high-speed wireless capabilities. The Alaska-based company continuously supports community efforts, contributing to nonprofit organizations across the state. More information about GCI can be found at

Warren Russell, GCI