Altice USA Awards Local FIRST Robotics Teams With Altice Future Innovator Award

Greenville, NC (June 8, 2020) – Altice USA, parent company of Optimum and Suddenlink, announced the winners of the Altice Future Innovator Awards. Open to the AUSA-sponsored FIRST Robotics teams whose seasons were cut short due to COVID-19. The awards are broken down into four categories and recognize the teams many accomplishments.

The Altice USA sponsored FIRST Robotics teams across the country were invited to submit entries for the Altice Future Innovator Awards. Each team was required to submit their entry detailing their accomplishments of the year. Entries were considered for the following: Inspiration Award, Community Award, Improvement Award and Inclusion Award. Each winning team was granted a prize of $2,500, runner ups received $1,500 and honorable mentions received $500.

Two local robotics teams in Greenville were selected for top awards. FIRST Robotics Team 2642 Pitt Pirates was selected as the winner of the Inspiration Award as they have served as role models and demonstrated a substantial impact on influencing younger students to become involved in FIRST and STEM.  FIRST Robotics Team 2862 Boneyard Robotics was selected as the winner of the Inclusion Award as they demonstrate inclusivity both within the team and through community efforts.

FIRST inspires young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

“FIRST Team 2642, The Pitt Pirates, is proud and honored to receive the Altice Future Innovator Inspiration Award. Our students spend a tremendous amount of time and energy to spread the message of STEM in our community. In a season overshadowed by the COVID 19 crisis, this generous award helps them to remember why they are working so hard and how important this is.  The award also helps us to continue our efforts. Thank you for this wonderful recognition. We look forward to growing our partnership with Altice”, said William McClung, Coach and Mentor.

Paula Main, Coach and Mentor of FIRST Team 2862 Boneyard Robotics says, “I think what makes Boneyard special is that we are a group of bright, kind, and quirky students, and adults too, that comes together to be a part of a family. Just like family, we have different strengths and wants, and sometimes we don't see eye-to-eye, but we always accept and support one another. We are always glad to get together, and doing so to build a robot, shape students' futures, and spread our message of acceptance to others, is all just icing on the cake!”

“These teams spend so much time and effort working day in and out, designing, building and coding their robots, working as a team and we want to recognize their accomplishments and celebrate their successes,” said Lisa Stokes, Community Engagement Specialist at Suddenlink.

Both teams will receive $2,500 in their FIRST accounts for use next season.

About Altice USA
Altice USA (NYSE: ATUS) is one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the United States, delivering broadband, pay television, mobile, proprietary content and advertising services to more than 4.9 million residential and business customers across 21 states through its Optimum and Suddenlink brands. The company operates a4, an advanced advertising and data business, which provides audience-based, multiscreen advertising solutions to local, regional and national businesses and advertising clients. Altice USA also offers hyper-local, national, international and business news through its News 12, Cheddar and i24NEWS networks.

Lisa Stokes, Suddenlink, (252) 757-2202,
William McClung, Pitt Pirates, (252) 347-3498,
Paula Main, Boneyard Robotics, (252) 717-6312,

FIRST Robotics Team 2642 Pitt Pirates (contributed photo)
FIRST Robotics Team 2862 Boneyard Robotics (contributed photo)