BBVA Compass and NBA Cares bring financial education, literacy and fitness to Franklin and Eliot Elementary Schools

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Team. Works. In Schools® active in the community during NBA All-Star
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 SavePrograms.
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 books that 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

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

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  

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

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. 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 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. 


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