TDS Honors Late Football Coach with Memorial Balloon Flight

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) is celebrating the life of local football coach Mike Fox by sponsoring a memorial balloon flight in his honor for his wife and three children at this weekend’s Up & Away Hot Air Balloon and Music Festival in Washington Fields.

“TDS and the Hot Air Balloon Festival want to recognize all that Coach Fox did for the Crimson football program, players, and students,” said Wendi Bulkley, TDS associate manager of Marketing. “As a tribute to his life and his lasting legacy in the community, TDS is thrilled to have his wife Melanie and their three children on this memorial flight.”

Festival organizers and TDS welcome the members of the media and the public to join them in a special send-off for the family before the Coach Mike Fox Memorial Flight this Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Staheli Family Farm. The family will go on a three-hour journey and join 24 other balloons at the festival.

TDS is a title sponsor of the Up & Away Hot Air Balloon and Music Festival held in conjunction with Confetti Pebbles Balloons and the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce. The weekend events also include a car show, live entertainment, and balloon night glows held each night.

“Thank you, Coach Fox,” said Bulkley. “Thank you for encouraging all of us to soar to new heights, live our dreams, and bring honor to our family and community.”

TDS is a leading internet provider in Southern Utah and was recently named the Gold Winner for internet services in the Best of Southern Utah 2023 conducted by Canyon Media. Along with its reliable and fast internet speeds, TDS has a next-generation TV service called TDS TV+ and feature-rich phone plans. Find out more about TDS’ products and services by visiting or calling 1-844-322-8834.

Media Contact: Mark Schaaf | Manager of Communications | TDS Telecom | 414-326-3588 |

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to a mix of small to mid-sized urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the U.S. With 1.2 million connections, TDS is a rapidly growing technology company. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 8 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs 3,400 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS]. Founded in 1969, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, broadband, video and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million connections nationwide through its businesses: UScellular, TDS Telecom, and OneNeck IT Solutions. Visit

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