NetScout Supports Special Olympics Celebrity Winterfest for Seventh Consecutive Year

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Employees from California and Massachusetts Help Instill Confidence in Special Olympic Athletes by Joining them During a Three-Day Celebration of Courage, Passion and Triumphant Spirit

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Feb. 28, 2014NetScout Systems, Inc., today announced that for the seventh consecutive year, the company will participate in the annual Special Olympics Northern California & Nevada Celebrity Winterfest,  taking place February 28 – March 2, 2014, on the slopes of Lake Tahoe’s Diamond Peak. This year also marks the fourth consecutive year that NetScout will sponsor the “Let the Games Begin” Welcome Reception being held from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28th at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Incline Village, Nevada.  Proceeds from the events provide much-needed funding for more than 18,800 intellectually disabled athletes across Nevada and Northern California who rely on the generous donations from the community to receive free sports training and competition throughout the year.

The centerpiece of the event is the Corporate Ski Challenge.  Which represents the largest fundraiser of the year for Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada. NetScout will be sponsoring a team consisting of eight skiers, one celebrity and one special Olympian in order to raise funds and increase awareness of the mission of the Special Olympics Northern California.

By participating in Special Olympics, athletes gain self-confidence and self-esteem that carries over into their daily lives, leading to greater academic success, improved interpersonal relationships and a positive school experience.

“What makes this event extraordinary is that in addition to directly benefiting special education students, we ourselves benefit through serving as mentors and student coaches, promoting diversity and acceptance for everyone,” said Ken Boyd, chief information officer and senior vice president, services at NetScout. “This is about more than just sports – it’s about changing lives, and watching the thrill and enjoyment of athletes as they go through the competition is amazing and very touching,” added Boyd who has served as a board member for Special Olympics Northern California & Nevada for the past seven years.

About Special Olympics Northern California & Nevada

Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada provides a free year-round sports training and competition program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Almost 19,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities compete in 173 competitions throughout the regions in 12 sports. This requires the extraordinary support and time of 17,600 volunteers and volunteer coaches. Financial support comes almost exclusively from individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations. For more information on Special Olympics Northern California, visit www.SONC.org and visit www.SONV.org for Nevada.

About NetScout Systems, Inc.

NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT) is the market leader in application and network performance management solutions that enable enterprise and service provider organizations to assure the quality of the user experience for business and mobile services. Used by 92 percent of Fortune 100 organizations and more than 165 service providers worldwide, NetScout’s technology helps these organizations proactively manage service delivery and identify emerging performance problems, helping to quickly resolve issues that cause business disruptions or negatively impact users of information technology. For more information about NetScout, visit www.netscout.com.

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