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 Save Programs. 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.
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