BBVA Compass and WNBA Cares teach students critical skills for successful
- Bank volunteers and basketball luminaries give San Antonio elementary school
students books, fitness lessons and financial know-how
- NBA, WNBA and BBVA Compass volunteers stress reading and education
SAN ANTONIO, April 16, 2013
SAN ANTONIO, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty BBVA Compass volunteers, a
WNBA San Antonio Silver Star and former WNBA and NBA players visited San
Antonio's Will Rogers Elementary School today, giving students a morning of
financial literacy, fitness and fun.
The visit was part of Team. Works. In Schools, a joint initiative between WNBA
Cares and BBVA Compass, the official bank of the NBA and WNBA. Now in its
third year, the program has helped give books, tablet computers and life
skills to students in nearly 20 underserved public elementary schools across
the bank's footprint, and its volunteers have helped refurbish several of the
"We're able to enhance the lives of children in the communities where we work
and live through this program," said Joseph Bray, BBVA Compass San Antonio
city president. "Our employees are teaching students skills they can use
throughout their lives. It's amazing to see the kids' excitement."
On Tuesday, the volunteers — including NBA Hall of Famer Bob Lanier, former
NBA legend Felipe Lopez, Silver Star player Sophia Young and WNBA legend Marie
Ferdinand Harris — helped fifth-grade students learn about money management
through Vault, a web-based financial literacy program administered by EverFi,
a leading educational technology company. Sponsored by BBVA Compass and
offered throughout the San Antonio Independent School District, the program
teaches students about managing personal finances in an interactive and
"The Vault program helps connect the dots between students' desires to go to
college and the reality of planning for it financially," said Rosa Linda
Lomas, principal of Will Rogers Elementary School. "Its integration of
real-life math skills makes it a great supplement to our everyday curriculum."
The volunteers taught younger students the value of saving through the BBVA
Compass Teach Children to Save curriculum, and read to students in
pre-kindergarten through second grades. Each student was given a book to take
home through the BBVA Compass' Reading Counts program, and the school received
fitness equipment and a mobile computing cart with 30 tablets and a laptop
computer from BBVA Compass and the WNBA.
Additionally, the volunteers helped third- and fourth-grade students hone
their basketball skills and learn the benefits of healthy, active living
during the WNBA Fit Clinic.
"The WNBA Cares event presented an extraordinary opportunity for our students
and the community alike," said Aurora Vasquez, a fifth-grade teacher at Will
Rogers. "We feel fortunate to have been selected for this experience."
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.
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., 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, 205-297-3038,
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