BBVA Compass and NBA Cares prepare students for healthy lifestyles and
- BBVA Compass and NBA team up for 17th school-based service project
- Peeler Elementary School students receive books, financial literacy programs
and fitness training from bank volunteers and basketball legends
Team. Works. In Schools® gives Dallas students literacy and basketball lessons
DALLAS, March 7, 2013
DALLAS, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Peeler Elementary School students
learned that reading, fitness and saving money are key to their success during
visit from BBVA Compass and the NBA Development League on March 6. NBA legends
and 20 bank volunteers read to students and taught the benefits of financial
education and active lifestyles as part of Team. Works. In Schools, a joint
initiative by BBVA Compass and NBA Cares.
BBVA Compass' Dallas City President Key Coker and NBA legend Felipe Lopez
tipped off the program. The two were accompanied by NBA legend and Dallas
Mavericks Director of Basketball Development Rolando Blackman and NBA legends
Bob Lanier and Sam Perkins.
"Our ultimate goal is to develop a generation of consumers who make better
decisions about their health and finances," said Coker. "We were excited to
come together with the NBA and its affiliated leagues to promote a common goal
– to improve the communities where we are based."
NBA participants and BBVA Compass volunteers began the day by reading to
kindergarten through second grade students and providing a book to each for
their personal libraries.
Students then received financial education via 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
Younger children learned about saving through storytelling while older
students participated in the Financial Knowledge Bowl, a question-and-answer
trivia session. BBVA Compass and EverFi volunteers also administered EverFi's
web-based VAULT™ program to fifth graders. The interactive curriculum uses
gaming and simulations to help students begin building a foundation for sound
Students rounded out the day participating in fitness and basketball
activities at the NBA D-League FIT clinic, a wellness program designed to
promote healthy, active living.
In addition, BBVA Compass and the NBA donated 30 tablet computers, mobile
computer carts and a laptop to Peeler Elementary. The Texas Legends also
presented the school's students, families and staff with 1,000 tickets to an
upcoming game during which the children will participate in special in-arena
"Our students look up to athletes and community professionals as examples of
what they can achieve," said Helen Lopez, Peeler Elementary principal. "When
they are positive role models such as those who participated today, we are
especially grateful. Having the NBA and BBVA Compass on campus to reinforce
what's learned in the classroom – that education and healthy living contribute
to successful futures – means a lot. It's something our students will remember
throughout the school year."
This marks the 17th event and third consecutive year that BBVA Compass and NBA
Cares have teamed up for the Team. Works. In Schools initiative.
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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