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Contact: Christine Payton Sept. 6, 2007
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu

A ‘Partnership for Victory’ between the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Cox Communications has created the largest sponsorship to Ragin’ Cajuns athletics in history.

In recent months, Cox Communications pledged $2 million to UL Lafayette athletics and agreed to a 10-year partnership with the Ragin’ Cajuns.

“ Cox Communications has shown it is committed to the Ragin’ Cajuns and this community,” said David Walker, UL Lafayette athletic director. “This lead sponsorship will allow Athletics to continue to build a proud and successful tradition.”

Cox Communications will be recognized for its commitment to athletics during halftime ceremonies Saturday at Cajun Field. This is the first home football game for the Ragin’ Cajuns this season.

“ We hope this investment by Cox will spark this level of commitments to Ragin’ Cajuns athletics by other local business leaders,” said UL Lafayette President Ray Authement. “It’s wonderful to see leaders like Cox make this type of pledge to UL Lafayette.”

In the agreement, the UL Lafayette Athletic Department building on Reinhardt Drive will officially be named the Cox Communications Athletic Center and the company will have first right-of-refusal on future naming opportunities.

Also, Cox will have a prominent presence on the official Ragin’ Cajuns athletic website – www.ragincajuns.com – and on the football stadium scoreboard.

“ The $2 million pledge to Ragin’ Cajuns athletics has created a ‘Partnership for Victory’ which marks a milestone for Cox and the Lafayette community. The fact that both Cox and UL Lafayette are national leaders in technology makes this a perfect partnership. Athletics provides the window through which the world can see the university and all it has to offer,” said Jacqui Vines, Cox Communications vice president and region manager for Greater Lafayette.

Other aspects of the partnership will bring fiber connectivity to some on-campus and regional locations like the New Iberia Research Center, the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum and the UL Lafayette Foundation and Alumni offices.

Vines said Cox believes in investing in the regional economy of Acadiana and sees UL Lafayette as a major driver of the current and future success of the region.

Through its nationwide, robust fiber network, Cox brings world-class technology, including the most advanced voice, video and data products on the market, to the Acadiana community.

Document last revised Thursday, September 6, 2007 8:31 PM

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