Go Daddy Partners with REC Foundation to Expand K-12 Robotics Offerings in Four States

Rockwall, Texas – April 8, 2013 – The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and Go Daddy, today announced a $65,000 partnership grant to support growth and development of four VEX Robotics Competition State Championships in Arizona, California, Colorado and Iowa. The partnership also supports the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship in Anaheim, CA on April 18-20, an event that will attract 700+ teams and 15,000 students for three full days of robotics engineering competition.

“Go Daddy clearly values expanding student interest and access to high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs, like the VEX Robotics Competition,” said Jason Morrella, President, REC Foundation. “With Go Daddy’s generous support, more students, teachers and parents will have access to affordable and challenging hands-on robotics engineering education and competition opportunities.”

Go Daddy is the Web’s top platform for small businesses and serves more than 11 million customers worldwide. “Go Daddy believes it has a responsibility to invest in these tech-savvy students,” said Go Daddy Chief Human Resources Officer Lane Jarvis. “Go Daddy is passionate about creating opportunities for them. The students are learning valuable science and math concepts that are vital to their success as the next generation of technologists. The upcoming competitions are smart, fun and exciting events and a great fit for students - and for Go Daddy.”

The VEX Robotics Competition (V5RC) has experienced incredible growth due to the efforts of the REC Foundation, expanding to include well-over 7,300 teams, accounting for 51 percent year-over-year team growth during the 2012-2013 season. The partnership with Go Daddy will uniquely position the REC Foundation to respond to this growth by adding or expanding state competitions in Arizona, California, Colorado and Iowa.

The REC Foundation manages the VEX Robotics Competition, which provides students and teams worldwide with hands-on, curriculum-based robotics engineering programs while also engaging them in valuable teamwork and problem-solving experience. Teams compete year-round at more than 350 events which culminate in April at the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship.

V5RC is the largest co-curricular middle and high school robotics program and is expected to reach more than 85,000 students during the 2012-2013 season. To learn more about the REC Foundation, please visit RoboticsEducation.org.

About the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

The REC Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally. The REC Foundation develops partnerships with K-12 education, higher education, government, industry, and the non-profit community to achieve this work.

About Go Daddy

Go Daddy is the world's largest domain name provider, Web hosting provider and new SSL provider, focused on helping small businesses grow larger. Go Daddy provides dozens of cloud-based services and is the largest worldwide mass-market hosting provider by annual revenue according to 451 Research (Mass-Market Hosting Report-Fall 2012) and is the #1 provider of net-new SSL certificates for 2012, according to the Netcraft, LTD Secure Server Survey. To learn more about the company, visit www.GoDaddy.com/PR.

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