National Collegiate Baseball Writers May 27, 2002
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jan Zach, Sponsorship Coordinator
727-821-4059 or 727-418-2282 (cell)
Award presented to nation's top player since 1987
VERIZON SuperPages,
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (NCBWA) – Russ Sloan, President of the Dick Howser Trophy which is presented annually to America’s best collegiate baseball player, has announced a new national sponsor. Verizon SuperPages and have agreed to become a nationwide sponsor of America’s premier collegiate baseball award.

The Dick Howser Award was created under the auspices of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and first presented in 1987. The winner is selected by ballot of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and formally presented at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., with a follow-up presentation at the winner’s home campus in the fall.

Verizon SuperPages
With operations in 16 countries and annual revenues of more than $4.3 billion, Verizon Information Services publishes nearly 1,200 U.S. Verizon SuperPages directories and 400 international directories with a total circulation of approximately 150 million copies worldwide. The company also produces and markets, the Internet's #1 online directory and shopping resource.

The Dick Howser Trophy is presented to America’s best collegiate player who also possesses the traits of character, leadership, and courage. The winner is selected from the 287 Division I collegiate baseball programs in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

Rolando Rivas, director, marketing communications for Verizon SuperPages said, "We are very excited about our association with this distinguished honor and all that it represents – leadership, character, courage, and of course – results on the field. We take pride in delivering the best results for our customers, and we look forward to recognizing college baseball's top performer with the Dick Howser Award."

David Feaster who chairs the Dick Howser Committee of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce stated, "In our 15 years of presenting this award, we are extremely pleased and honored to have a national company of the stature of Verizon SuperPages join us in taking this award to a new level of awareness and prestige."

Verizon officials will join the Dick Howser Committee officials at the Dick Howser Award presentation June 12th and 13th at the College World Series in Omaha.

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