LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Alltel Wireless, America's largest network, today announced the "My Circle Mania" sweepstakes at its 13 partner universities. At each school, one lucky fan and his or her circle of 10 friends will win a chance to shoot for $100,000 plus Kyocera phones, game tickets and VIP treatment.
Fans enter by texting MANIA to 84353 or by logging onto mycirclemania.com. Consumers who enter via text message or online are automatically entered in daily drawings for hundreds of great prizes, including Kyocera phones and accessories, basketballs autographed by college basketball analyst Dick Vitale, Alltel Wireless gift cards as well as the sweepstakes' grand prize.
"There's nothing like the energy and atmosphere of college basketball, and Alltel is proud to add to the excitement this year," said Laura Cook, senior vice president of marketing communications for Alltel Wireless. "The 'My Circle Mania' sweepstakes provides an unforgettable on-court experience for one lucky fan and their circle of 10 friends at each of our partner universities."
College basketball analyst Dick Vitale will serve as the campaign spokesperson and throughout the sweepstakes will appear at various Alltel Wireless retail locations to record "Wireless Autographs" or personalized voicemail greetings for consumers free of charge. Additionally, fans can download exclusive college basketball and Vitale-themed ringtones and wallpapers to their Alltel Wireless phones.
The 13 grand prize winners will invite their circle of 10 friends or family members to participate in a "My Circle Mania" shootout at halftime of Alltel's sponsor day. Each circle member will attempt a shot from a variety of designated areas on the basketball court with each spot representing a unique dollar value ranging from $250 to $1,000. The winner will then attempt a final shot from half-court for a chance to multiply his or her circle's total winnings by 10 to determine the grand prize payout - up to $100,000.
In addition, based on the winning circle's performance, Alltel will make a monetary donation in the winner's name to his or her school's general scholarship fund.
"My Circle Mania" supports Alltel's exclusive "My Circle" calling feature, which allows customers the freedom to choose who they call for free - any 10 numbers, any network. Michigan State University will host the first promotional shootout at the men's home game on Feb. 3, 2007. The program concludes on the campus of the University of Texas - El Paso on March 1.