Tony Dungy joins the party at Denver-area Boys & Girls Club
While most 3rd year birthday parties might come complete with cake, clowns and candles, Comcast’s celebration of year three of Internet Essentials offered something even more special: coaches, community leaders, connectivity and lots of happy children.
Tony Dungy, former coach of Broncos superstar Peyton Manning and founder of the Dungy Family Foundation, joined local community and civic leaders and more than 300 children and parents from the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club last Wednesday to celebrate the gift of digital literacy, which Comcast works to provide through Internet Essentials. At the event, attendees took part in a Q&A with Tony, the “Lady Broncos” cheer team performed and 10 families were selected from a prize drawing to receive a free laptop and a year of free Internet service.
Internet Essentials offers $10/month Internet service and affordable laptops to families with children who qualify for free or reduced lunch under the National School Lunch Program. In its short life, the program has provided broadband connection at home to more than 220,000 families nationwide. This includes more than 8,000 families in Denver, and more than 11,000 in Colorado. In Colorado, around 3,000 families have gained access to a broadband connection through Internet Essentials in the last year alone.
And Internet Essentials keeps getting better with age. The 2013 program enhancements include:
- Faster Internet speeds
- An instant approval process for families whose students attend schools where 70 percent or more of the students are eligible to participate in the NSL Program
- Expanded eligibility to include parochial, private, cyber school, and homeschooled students
- An online tool for an easier and faster application process
- The opportunity for nonprofits to purchase Internet Essentials on behalf of low-income member
Now that’s a reason to celebrate.