BBVA Compass and WNBA Cares bring books, basketball and fitness to Mesa elementary school

   BBVA Compass and WNBA Cares bring books, basketball and fitness to Mesa
                              elementary school

- New financial literacy element of Team. Works. In Schools initiative rolls
out in Mesa

- Event marks the 14th hands-on service project since the program's inception
in 2010

PR Newswire

MESA, Ariz., Dec. 11, 2012

MESA, Ariz., Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Students at Roosevelt Elementary
School learned some of the finer points of fitness from three basketball
luminaries and also got some lessons on financial literacy as part of Team.
Works. In Schools, a joint initiative by BBVA Compass and WNBA Cares.


NBA legend Felipe Lopez, WNBA legend Bridget Pettis and Phoenix Mercury guard
Alexis Hornbuckle guided students through fitness and basketball activities
during a WNBA FIT clinic, which encourages students to live an active and
healthy lifestyle.

Meantime, the newest element of the initiative – BBVA Compass' Financial
Scholars Program – was introduced to sixth-grade students during an
interactive Financial Knowledge Bowl, a trivia question-and-answer session.

Additionally, BBVA Compass volunteers will join sixth-grade students in the
computer lab where staff from EverFi — the leading educational technology
platform that teaches, assesses and certifies students in critical life skills
— will provide the group with an overview of the web-based Vault™ program.The
2.5-hour, interactive curriculumintroduces students to financial literacy
skills in an effort to help them cultivate good financial habits at an early
age. BBVA Compass has brought this program to Phoenix elementary schools at no
cost to schools or taxpayers.

"It was great to see the kids out there having fun," said BBVA Compass Phoenix
City President Lynne Herndon. "Seeing the light bulbs go off over their heads
when they started to understand what it means to be financially responsible
was a gratifying thing, especially since the bank's top corporate citizenship
priority in supporting public education is financial literacy."

The BBVA Compass Foundation also donated 189 new books directly to students in
kindergarten through second grade through the bank's Reading Counts literacy
program. Thirty-one tablet computers and a laptop were donated to the school
as well.

"We are proud to take part in a program that shares our commitment to
education and provides students with the resources they need to succeed," said
Roosevelt Elementary Principal Darlene Shumway. "After today's volunteer
efforts, our students should have a greater sense of pride in their school and

This marks the third consecutive year that BBVA Compass and WNBA Cares have
teamed up for the Team. Works. In Schools initiative. The event marks the 14th
hands-on service project since the program's inception in 2010.

About BBVA Group
BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned
subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA). BBVA is a customer-centric global
financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in
Spain, is the largest financial institution in Mexico, and has leading
franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region of the United States. Its
diversified business is geared toward high-growth markets and relies on
technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. BBVA ranks among the
leading eurozone banks in terms of return on equity and efficiency. Corporate
responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial
education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It
operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies best
practices. More information about the BBVA Group can befound at

About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 709
branches, including 368 in Texas, 93 in Alabama, 79 in Arizona, 65 in
California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 21 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass
ranks among the top 20 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market
share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and
Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading Small
Business Administration lenders and ranked third in American Banker's 2012
reputation study of the leading 30 banks in the U.S. Additional information
about BBVA Compass can be found at

Editor's Note:
BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank.

About the WNBA
The WNBA – which features 12 teams and is the most successful women's
professional team sports league in the world – is a unique global sports
property combining competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment value with
its status as an icon for social change, achievement, and diversity. The
league will tip off its 17^th season in the spring of 2013.

Through WNBA Cares, the WNBA is deeply committed to creating programs that
improve the quality of life for all people, with a special emphasis on
programs that promote a healthy lifestyle and positive body image, increase
breast and women's health awareness, support youth and family development, and
focus on education. For more information on the WNBA, log on to

About EverFi
EverFi, Inc. is the leading education technology company focused on teaching,
assessing, and certifying K-12 and college students in the critical skills
they need for life. The company teams with major corporations and foundations
to provide the programs at no cost to K-12 schools. EverFi operates in over
3,800 schools in the United States including 46 of the 100 largest school
districts. Learn more at

About Vault
Vault™ - Understanding Money is an interactive, new-media learning platform
specifically designed to introduce financial literacy skills early in a
child's cognitive development. Course topics include saving, budgeting,
responsibility and decision-making, credit and debt, careers, income, charity,
and more. The course features interactive lessons, games, and story-based
activities that challenge kids to make choices in real-life scenarios to best
achieve important goals around saving and job planning. The 2.5-hour
curriculum aligns with both state and national standards.


Contact: Ralph Evans, Corporate Communications, +1-205-297-3038,
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