Aliant Presenting Sponsor for CIS Men's Soccer Championship

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The University of Prince Edward Island is pleased to announce that Aliant has signed on to be the presenting sponsor for the 2005 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Men's Soccer Championship, scheduled for November 10-13 at UPEI. This is the first year for UPEI to host the Championship games which will be played on the new synthetic turf field.

"We are very proud to serve as the presenting sponsor of the CIS men's soccer championships at UPEI," said Bruce Howatt, Director of Regional Services for Aliant. "We are really looking forward to working with the organizers to help PEI host another great national tournament and to continue to build our support of youth soccer in Atlantic Canada."

"UPEI is proud to be hosting this national event and is grateful to Aliant for choosing to be a sponsor of the CIS (M) Soccer Championships," says UPEI Athletic Director, Ron Annear. "This couldn't come at a better time with the construction of the new turf field; this is a very exciting time for UPEI."

Part of Aliant's involvement will include a cash component that will go to the men's and women's soccer programs at UPEI. Young soccer players from the province will also have an opportunity to participate in the CIS Nationals through Aliant's involvement. Players from area youth teams will participate in the Aliant Walk Out, joining the participating teams for the walk onto the field for all games during the National tournament. Local youth will also participate in the Aliant half time show during each game.

The 2005 CIS Men's Soccer Championships, presented by Aliant, will feature eight teams from all CIS conferences in Canada including UPEI as the hosting team.

For more information on the tournament, or for ticket information, please contact UPEI Athletics at 566-0432.

About Aliant

From its home base in Atlantic Canada, Aliant delivers a wide variety of innovative and traditional communications services, including local and long distance telephony, wireless, Internet, e-commerce, interactive multimedia, data and managed network services, to more than two million consumers and over 80,000 enterprises. Aliant complements its industry-leading telecommunications business with strengths in information technology solutions and knowledge-services applications. Aliant's approximately 8,400 employees build on its 100-plus year history by collaborating to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and convenience. Aliant has a market capitalization of approximately $3.5 billion.

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