BBVA Compass and NBA Cares bring financial education, literacy and fitness to
Franklin and Eliot Elementary Schools
Team. Works. In Schools® active in the community during NBA All-Star
-- All-Star events mark BBVA Compass' 15th and 16th hands-on service projects
with the NBA
-- NBA and BBVA Compass volunteers provide fitness clinics, books and
financial literacy to area students
-- BBVA Group and BBVA Compass executives join NBA All-Star James Harden for
local NBA Cares programs
HOUSTON, Feb. 14, 2013
HOUSTON, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Students at Charles W. Eliot and
Benjamin Franklin Elementary Schools learned the finer points of fitness from
basketball luminaries, listened as BBVA Compass volunteers read stories, and
participated in an online financial literacy program as part of Team. Works.
In Schools, a joint initiative by BBVA Compass and NBA Cares.
BBVA Compass President and CEO Manolo Sanchez kicked off the program noting a
strong education is key to helping students to realize their dreams. He said
BBVA Compass and the NBA sought to assist students in improving their reading,
math and, of course, basketball skills.
As promised by Sanchez, BBVA Compass volunteers, WNBA players Swin Cash and
Candice Wiggins and NBA legends Robert Horry, Dikembe Mutombo, George Gervin,
TJ Ford, Calvin Murphy, Darryl Dawkins, Ron Harper, Felipe Lopez, and Bob
Lanier guided third through fifth grade students in fitness and basketball
activities at the NBA FIT clinic. NBA All-Star James Harden made a special
appearance at Benjamin Franklin Elementary, encouraging each student to live
an active, healthy lifestyle.
Students in kindergarten through sixth grade also received financial education
through the BBVA Compass Financial Scholars and Teach Children to Save
Programs. Each program offered age-specific instruction to students, helping
them to cultivate good financial habits.
BBVA Group President and COO Angel Cano and Sanchez quizzed third through
fifth grade students during the interactive Financial Knowledge Bowl, a trivia
question-and-answer session, and joined additional BBVA Compass and EverFi
volunteers in administering EverFi's web-based VAULT™ program. This
interactive curriculum helped students begin building the foundation for sound
financial decision making.
Cano and Sanchez, along with NBA participants and more than 40 BBVA Compass
volunteers, also read to kindergarten through second graders and gave more
than 1,000 books to Franklin and Eliot students.
"When we make a difference in a school, we make a difference in the lives of
its students," said Cano. "We are excited about our partnership with the NBA,
especially the work that BBVA Compass does with NBA Cares here in the U.S.
Like the NBA, we strive to improve the communities in which we operate. That
is what today is all about."
Volunteers cataloged and labeled new non-fiction books donated to the Franklin
Elementary School library by BBVA Compass. The BBVA Compass Foundation and the
NBA also donated refurbished computers and furniture to Eliot Elementary
School's Parents' Alliance computer lab, which provides internet access and
educational resources to parents.
Additionally, both schools received spruced up basketball courts, 30 tablet
computers, mobile computer carts and a laptop.
"Franklin Elementary is thrilled to be partnering with NBA and BBVA Compass
for the NBA Cares. Team. Works. In Schools event this week," said Jilliane
Raphiel McCardle, Franklin Elementary principal. "This event gives our
students the chance to shine as they spend the morning learning with NBA and
BBVA Compass volunteers. Our Franklin Elementary Proud Patriot students and
staff are so grateful for the generous donation of tablets and non-fiction
booksthat will enhance our instructional programs."
"The resources and time that the NBA and BBVA Compass volunteers have
dedicated to our campus will have an everlasting, positive impact in the lives
of each student for years to come," said Zandra Aguilar, Eliot Elementary
principal. "We are forever grateful that Eliot Elementary was selected for
this great event."
This marks the fourth consecutive year that BBVA Compass and NBA Cares have
teamed up for the Team. Works. In Schools initiative. The events mark the 15th
and 16th hands-on service projects 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 be found at www.bbva.com.
About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 708
branches, including 367 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 www.bbvacompass.com.
BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank.
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. Some of America's leading
CEOs and venture capital firms are EverFi investors including Amazon founder
and CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter founder Evan Williams, Rethink Education, New
Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA), and Tomorrow Ventures (the investment arm
of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt). Learn more atwww.everfi.com
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.
SOURCE BBVA Compass
Contact: Ralph Evans, Corporate Communications, +1-205-297-3038,
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