BBVA Compass and WNBA Cares teach students critical skills for successful futures

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- Bank volunteers and basketball luminaries give San Antonio elementary school
students books, fitness lessons and financial know-how
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 schools.

"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 engaging way.

"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

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  

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., 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. 


Ralph Evans, Corporate Communications, 205-297-3038,

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