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Santander And New England Revolution Encourage Parents To Share Their Child's Academic Achievements For Chance To Play With The Pros

BOSTON, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- To celebrate the back to school season, Santander Bank, N.A. today announced a new "Soccer Scholars" sweepstakes in partnership with the New England Revolution as part of the Bank's sponsorship of the Major League Soccer team.

Between August 28 and September 19, 2014, parents are invited to submit 100 words or less highlighting their child's finest academic accomplishments from the 2013 school year using the sweepstakes nomination page, www.revolutionsoccer.net/santander-soccer-scholars. With every entry, the parent will be entered for a chance to win a spot for his or her child in an exclusive soccer clinic led by Revolution Academy coaches and New England Revolution players in the Dana-Farber Field House at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, September 28.

The fifty "Soccer Scholars" winners will be randomly selected to participate, where the children, accompanied by their parents, will engage in various soccer skills, drills and scrimmages and interact with professional soccer players.

"As a bank that celebrates ideas, we're committed to supporting programs that support educational excellence in the communities in which we operate and we're excited to partner with the New England Revolution to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of New England students," said Michael Bruno, Santander region president for Northeastern New England.

Santander has a long-standing commitment to education at all levels - from elementary through post-secondary. Through its Santander Universities division, Santander provided over $10 million in scholarships and grants in 2013 to 28 colleges and universities in the United States, including 14 institutions in Massachusetts.

Santander is the Official Bank of the New England Revolution.

"We're always focused on creating new ways to engage with our fans, and are especially excited to do so in a way that emphasizes the importance of education," said New England Revolution president Brian Bilello. "We are pleased to work with our partner Santander to reward the students' significant academic achievements with the once in a lifetime opportunity to play soccer with some of their favorite players."

To enter, visit www.revolutionsoccer.net/santander-soccer-scholars. Parents who are residents of the six New England States (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) can submit an entry from August 28 to September 19, with a limit of one entry per child. Contest ends on Friday, September 19 at 11:59 p.m. To be eligible for the "Soccer Scholars" sweepstakes, children must be between the ages of seven and 17. Winners will be selected at random.

About Us Santander Bank, N.A. is one of the largest retail banks in the United States by deposits. Its main corporate offices are in Boston and it operates principally in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Santander's 9,469 employees serve its 1.8 million customers through the Bank's 706 branches, 2,074 ATMs, call centers, website and mobile app. Supervised by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Santander in the United States is a wholly- owned, financially autonomous subsidiary of Banco Santander (NYSE: SAN), a global commercial and retail bank. For more information about Santander, visit www.santanderbank.com or call 877-768-2265. Santander, Santander Bank and the Flame Logo are registered trademarks, and Santander Universities is a service mark, of Banco Santander, S.A. or its affiliates or subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

Media Contacts:

Nancy OrlandoMedia Relations Manager nancy.orlando@santander.us617.757.5765

Olivia MooreElevate Communications omoore@elevatecom.com727.798.7021

SOURCE Santander Bank, N.A.

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