Houston students get a lesson in financial literacy from BBVA Compass, with assist from NBA legends

-- NBA legends join bank at Kennedy Elementary to teach money basics

-- BBVA Compass makes technology donation to the school to enhance students' learning experience

April 20, 2017

HOUSTON, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass and NBA Legends TJ Ford and Robert Horry tipped off an NBA Cares event on Thursday to inspire and teach financial literacy to local students at Houston's John F. Kennedy Elementary School.

Ford, a local product who starred in college before going to the NBA, along with Horry, a seven-time NBA champion, joined BBVA Compass volunteers in visits to classrooms and computer labs, where they talked to students about the importance of staying in school and creating opportunities for a bright future for their financial lives. Emcee Craig Ackerman, radio play-by-play voice of the Houston Rockets, tipped off the assembly event and introduced school and BBVA Compass officials, as well as the NBA Legends. BBVA Compass later donated a classroom set of 33 iPads to the school for students as a way to advance their learning experiences.  

"These players are committed to their communities, and that aligns exactly with BBVA Compass' values and mission," said BBVA Compass Texas Regional Executive Jeff Dudderar. "We wanted to give back to Houston, where the bank plants its roots, and to a top-notch educational institution like Kennedy Elementary. We're proud to be part of this special partnership that also has impacted so many students and has created ample opportunities for them."

The event is part of the bank's annual effort to bring the Vault financial education program, developed by education technology firm EverFi, into schools across the BBVA Compass footprint at no cost to the schools or school districts. The course features interactive lessons, games and story-based activities that challenge children from an early age to make choices in real-life scenarios to best achieve important goals around saving and job planning.

"We are very thankful that the NBA and BBVA Compass joined together to shine a light on financial literacy here at our school," said Kennedy Elementary School Principal Diana Lum. "Our kids are really going to benefit from this because having this event today and receiving more iPads, they'll now be even more excited about financial literacy."

BBVA Compass and the league's global social responsibility program, NBA Cares, have presented EverFi's web-based financial literacy program since 2011, and has impacted more than 20,000 elementary students in schools across various markets.

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About BBVA Group

BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group is the largest financial institution in Spain and Mexico and it has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt Region of the United States; and it is also the leading shareholder in Garanti, Turkey's biggest bank for market capitalization. Its diversified business is focused on high-growth markets and it relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. 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 the best practices. More information about BBVA Group can be found at bbva.com.

About BBVA Compass

BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 674 branches, including 345 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 75 in Arizona, 62 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (4th). BBVA Compass was recently named Best Digital Bank in North America by global finance magazine Euromoney and the best regional bank in the South & West and best mobile app in Money magazine's 2015-2016 list of the Best Banks in America. To learn more about BBVA Compass, visit www.bbvacompass.com. For more BBVA Compass news, visit newsroom.bbvacompass.com and follow @BBVACompassNews.



For further information: Al Ortiz, External Communications, 281-433-5640, [email protected]

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