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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Jan. 20, 2016)– To help celebrate Martin Luther King Day earlier this week, U.S. Cellular and the Boys & Girls Club of the Blue Ridge will hold a Black History Month Art Contest to honor the many contributions of African-Americans and encourage young people to learn more about these current and historic influencers.

During the month of January, Boys & Girls Club members are encouraged to research and learn more about African-American role models and their important contributions to society. They are then invited to create and submit an original 8.5 x 11 portrait representing the figure of their choice using any art medium from any point in history, including present day.

"We look forward to seeing the wealth of artistic submissions in the Martinsville area," said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South. "U.S. Cellular's commitment to education gives us the opportunity to partner with organizations here in Virginia and across the country. This contest showcases the creativity and talents of our kids as they honor African-American leaders while celebrating our rich history of diversity."

The top 10 finalists' entries will be chosen by a panel from the Martinsville Club and then displayed at the local U.S. Cellular store. The public is invited to view and vote on the artwork from February 1 to 29, and the top three artists - as determined by the number of votes - will receive prizes:

  • $150 for 3rd Place
  • $200 for 2nd Place
  • $500 for 1st Place

"We are extremely excited to be part of this program that allows for creative expression and education at the same time," said Tim Harrison, Programs Coordinator with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge, "Programs like this can inspire our members when they remember that one person can truly accomplish greatness."

To vote (starting February 1) visit U.S. Cellular:

Martinsville — U.S. Cellular 820 Commonwealth Blvd. #20 (276) 632-2000

For more information about the creation of the submissions or to see the children's creative artwork in process contact the club at:

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge 26 West Church Street, Level 2 Martinsville, VA 24112 Phone Number: 276-656-1171

About Boys & Girls Club of the Blue Ridge The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge opened its doors in 2004 in order to provide a safe and affordable place for kids to go during after school hours. The Boys & Girls Clubs provide after school programming that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters its doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship and living a healthy lifestyle. Today, the Club has enrollment of 326 at four sites in Martinsville and Henry County: Albert Harris Elementary School, Patrick Henry Elementary School, Sanville Elementary School and the Teen Center at the Salvation Army. To learn more about BGCBR, visit bgcbr.orgor call 276-656-1171.

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by a high-quality network in big and small cities and rural communities, and currently, 99 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Champion in 2014 for the third time in four years. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on, and

For more information, contact:
Melissa Watkins, PR Counsel
Cell: 804-402-5316

Katie Frey, Comm. Mgr., U.S. Cellular
Office: 773-355-3275