For Immediate Release
August 21, 2009
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Phanalphie Rhue Still
B&C Associates, Inc.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

(BPRW) Sprite North America Presents Zeta Phi Beta Sorority With Sprite Step Off Partnership Check for $83,333.33

(BLACK PR WIRE) WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 400 members of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated stood to their feet as Maurice Cooper, Sprite’s North America business manager for The Coca-Cola Company, presented the organization with a check for $83,333.33. The presentation was made during the closing session of the 2009 Zeta Organizational Leadership Conference held in Washington, DC at the J.W. Marriott Hotel.


The check, presented to International President and entertainer/entrepreneur Sheryl P. Underwood, officially marks the leadership role of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority as one of the partnering organizations of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) supporting the 2009 Sprite Step Off, a national step competition, with $1.5 million in prizes. According to Underwood, “Zeta Phi Beta is overjoyed to join the other eight (8) Greek organizations, in partnership with Sprite. Sprite started its countdown to the Fall Step Off, and so have we!” said Underwood. She adds, “Zeta Phi Beta and the Council of Presidents of the NPHC see this as an opportunity for our youth to have fun and get exercise, but we also see the life-shaping experience in the Service and Charitable Platform.”

In addition to being an historic competition, the Sprite Step Off will focus on scholarship, education and community service. “All teams serve at Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the country. The higher education service initiative will be connected to, President Barack Obama's service platform,” according to Cooper. He adds, “The Sprite Step Off is a breakthrough program positively highlighting multicultural Greek life.” The teams get to step off on stage in over 20 cities across the country and get to step into the communities and reach other young people. “A true example of each one, reaching one,” said Underwood.

Sprite Step Off qualifying rounds begin in September followed by regional semi-finals and regional finals in October and November. The national finals will be held in January 2010 in Atlanta. The events will also feature a variety of national and local recording artists, renowned marching bands, and celebrity DJs.

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About Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

Founded in 1920, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was established for the purposes of promoting the cause of education by encouraging the highest standards of scholarship through scientific, literary, cultural and educational programs; promoting charitable projects on college campuses and within the community; fostering the spirit of sisterly love, and promoting the idea of Finer Womanhood.