CenturyLink and Utah Jazz Announce January Winner of the CenturyLink All-Star Teacher Award

SALT LAKE CITY (January 13, 2014)– CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) and the Utah Jazz today announced Hurricane High School Principal Jody Rich as the January winner of the 2013-14 CenturyLink All-Star Teacher Award program. The program recognizes and rewards five outstanding Utah K-12 educators and underscores CenturyLink and the Utah Jazz’s shared commitment to education and community outreach.

Rich will be honored during the Utah Jazz home game at EnergySolutions Arena on Monday, Jan. 13. To thank him for his ongoing dedication to the betterment of Utah youth, CenturyLink and the Utah Jazz will donate $1,000 on his behalf to Hurricane High School’s general fund.

Jody Rich goes above and beyond to provide students at Hurricane High School in Washington, Utah, with a top-notch education. His unwavering dedication was confirmed this past summer when he rode his bike cross-country from California to Florida alongside a fellow principle to raise more than $30,000 for the purchase of new computers for their schools. The theme of their ride was “We Can Do Hard Things.” In the words of the individual who nominated Rich, “I have never seen such a great example to our young people.”

CenturyLink and the Utah Jazz are selecting one teacher each month through March 2014 as a CenturyLink All-Star Teacher. Nominees are evaluated on their excellence in teaching and inspiring students to succeed. Each monthly winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize for his or her school’s general fund, four tickets for an upcoming Jazz game and an on-court award presentation during halftime. The person who nominated the winning teacher will also receive two tickets to a Jazz game.

Additionally, a grand prize winner, selected from the five monthly winners, will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize for his or her school’s general fund, a catered suite for 12 and an on-court award presentation during an upcoming Jazz game, as well as a pep rally for the school featuring Jazz Bear and the America First Jazz Dancers.

Future award presentations will be made at Jazz games on Feb. 22, March 22 and Apr. 11.

CenturyLink’s All-Star Teacher Award program is open to the entire state, and anyone 13 years or older can nominate a teacher by writing and submitting an essay detailing why their nominee deserves to win: www.utahjazz.com/centurylink. Self-nominations are not allowed.