SOURCE: Cellular South

March 25, 2008 11:44 ET

Cellular South Fans' Choice Award Voting Begins

Fans to Vote for Favorite Mississippi Men's and Women's College Basketball Player

JACKSON, MS--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) - Cellular South, a leader in helping consumers get the most out of their wireless services, is once again giving Mississippi basketball fans the chance to weigh in on who they believe to be the best male and female college basketball players in the state as voting begins for the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award.

The Cellular South Fans' Choice Award features the top three men's and women's Mississippi college basketball superstars who are finalists for the Cellular South Howell Trophy, Mississippi college basketball's highest honor for men, and -- for the first time ever -- the Cellular South Gillom Trophy, awarded to the state's top women's basketball player. While sports media and basketball experts have the final say in which players receive the Cellular South Howell and Gillom Trophies, college basketball fans across the state can vote to determine which finalist is the fan-favorite and should win the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award.

From March 24 through March 31, Cellular South text messaging customers can vote for the following men's finalists by text messaging the identification number for their favorite player to "DUNK" (3865). All non-Cellular South customers can still get in on the action by casting a vote for their favorite player via the Web at www.cellularsouth.com/fanschoice.

--  Dwayne Curtis -- Ole Miss                                   ID# 1
--  Jamont Gordon -- Mississippi State University               ID# 2
--  Charles Rhodes -- Mississippi State University              ID# 3
    

For the first time in history, fans of women's college basketball in Mississippi can now vote for their favorite female basketball player to receive the women's Cellular South Fans' Choice award. Cellular South text messaging customers can vote for the following women's finalists by text messaging the identification number for their favorite player to "PASS" (7277) and all other fans can vote for their favorite player via the Web at www.cellularsouth.com/fanschoice.

--  Shawn Goff -- Ole Miss                                      ID# 1
--  Pauline Love -- University of Southern Mississippi          ID# 2
--  Jennifer Rushing -- Delta State University                  ID# 3
    

The men's and women's winners of the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award will be announced during the Cellular South Outstanding Player Awards Ceremony, which will take place Monday, March 31, at 7 p.m. The ceremony will be held at BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo, Miss. The Cellular South Fans' Choice Award winner will receive a $2,500 contribution to his or her college athletic department.

"With the addition of the award for the top women's college basketball player in Mississippi and allowing all fans to vote for their favorite players online at www.cellularsouth.com/fanschoice, this year's competition for the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award will be even fiercer," said Orien Watson, sports marketing manager for Cellular South. "Now all Mississippians will have the opportunity to express their opinions on the best men's and women's basketball players in the state."

HOW TO VOTE

The voting lines are now open, and Cellular South customers with text messaging features can follow these simple steps to lock in their top pick for the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award:

--  Between 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 24 and 7:15 p.m. on Monday, March
    31, fans can text message a player identification number to "DUNK" (3865)
    for their favorite men's player and "PASS" (7277) for their favorite female
    player.
--  Fans can also visit www.cellularsouth.com/fanschoice and click on
    their favorite player to cast their vote.
--  Replay. Fans can vote as often as they like to advance their choice
    for the best Mississippi college basketball player.
    

The Cellular South Howell Trophy, Cellular South Gillom Trophy and Cellular South Fans' Choice Awards are part of Cellular South's Outstanding Player Awards, administered by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. The award series also includes the Cellular South Ferris Trophy, honoring Mississippi's best collegiate baseball player of the year, and the Cellular South Conerly Trophy, honoring Mississippi's best collegiate football player. For more information on the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award and the entire Cellular South Outstanding Player Awards series, please visit http://www.cellularsouth.com/csopa. Standard text messaging fees apply to all text message voting.

The Cellular South Fans' Choice Award is managed by Cellular South as a separate program and has no bearing on the official judging of the Cellular South Howell Trophy Award.

About Cellular South

Cellular South is diversified mobile communications company passionately committed to helping customers get the most out of their wireless devices and services. The company accomplishes this goal by providing the most reliable and advanced nationwide wireless voice and data network, offering a full range of industry-leading unlimited flat rate plans and through the world's first integrated, interactive online and in-store experience that gives customers easy, simple and convenient anytime, anywhere solutions to all of their wireless lifestyle needs. For more information, visit www.cellularsouth.com.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Kevin Dietz
    CKPR for Cellular South
    312/616-6526
    kdietz@ckpr.biz