GCI, Cook Inlet Tribal Council celebrate 2019 Native Youth Olympic Games

April 1, 2019

GCI sponsors 49th annual Native Youth Olympic Games at the Alaska Airlines Center

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – For the ninth consecutive year, GCI is a proud sponsor of the Native Youth Olympic Games (NYO) to be held in Anchorage April 25-27. The $25,000 contribution supports the 49th year of the premiere event that celebrates athleticism and Alaska Native culture. Each year, more than 2,000 youth from over 100 communities around the state participate. NYO is GCI’s Spotlight Partner for the month of April.

“Over the past 40 years, GCI has invested in technology and infrastructure to connect Alaskans across the state,” said GCI VP of Corporate Communications Heather Handyside. “We also believe in investing in organizations that keep people connected. That’s why we are pleased to support events like NYO that bring athletes and fans together to celebrate Alaska’s traditions, culture and athleticism.”

In addition to the cash sponsorship, GCI has selected NYO as its April Spotlight Partner. The program was created to help promote the mission and accomplishments of Alaska nonprofits and to help spread awareness. Each month, GCI “shines a spotlight” on an Alaska nonprofit by featuring the organization on digital displays in GCI retail stores statewide, on GCI social media platforms and in GCI radio spots on iHeart radio stations. The Spotlight Partner program is valued at $15,000.   

“NYO is a tradition that for decades has enabled Alaska’s young people to stay connected with their culture and build stronger community ties,” said CITC Senior Director of Development Kelly Hurd. “Support from sponsors like GCI helps ensure that Cook Inlet Tribal Council can keep this tradition alive and continue to shine a spotlight on Alaska’s incredible athletes.”

The event will be held at the Alaska Airlines Center April 25-27. Don’t miss the GCI Paper Airplane Toss Challenge at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.

GCI is committed to giving back to the communities we serve. Over the past 5 years, GCI has donated more than $10 million in cash, products, scholarships and grants to Alaska organizations, like the Native Youth Olympics. In addition to donations, GCI encourages employees to volunteer in their communities by providing 16 hours of paid leave to volunteer with local organizations. In 2018, 660 GCI employees volunteered nearly 8,200 hours. For more information about GCI’s support for organizations across Alaska, visit https://www.gci.com/why-gci/gcigives.

About GCI

GCI provides data, mobile, video, voice and managed services to consumer and business customers throughout Alaska and nationwide. Headquartered in Alaska, GCI has delivered services for nearly 40 years to some of the most remote communities and in some of the most challenging conditions in North America. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com. GCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of GCI Liberty, Inc. (Nasdaq: GLIBA, GLIBP). Learn more about GCI Liberty at www.gciliberty.com.

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Heather Handyside

Phone: 907-301-3481

Email: hhandyside@gci.com