Last week, I had the opportunity to take part in two amazing events at the NBA All-Star Weekend with two new EverFi partners, BBVA Compass Bank and the National Basketball Association.
Through the Team. Works. In School. Initiative, BBVA Compass and NBA Cares are revitalizing schools, teaching students about healthy and active lifestyles and providing financial education opportunities. As for EverFi, we’ve joined forces to extend our financial literacy programs to over 500 schools across Texas, Arizona, and Florida. Elementary school students in these areas have free access to EverFi’s Vault – Understanding Money, an interactive curriculum that helps students build the foundation for sound financial decision-making. In addition, high schools in Birmingham, Alabama will have access to EverFi – Financial Literacy at no cost.
Last Thursday, we were on-site at Franklin and Eliot Elementary Schools in Houston along with a team of volunteers from BBVA Compass and the NBA. Joining BBVA Compass CEO Manolo Sánchez, and BBVA Group COO Angel Cano were current Houston Rockets All-Star James Harden, as well as NBA Legends Bob Lanier, George Gervin, Calvin Murphy, Dikemebe Mutombo, Darryl Dawkins, Ron Harper, Robert Horry and Felipe Lopez. WNBA players Swin Cash and Candice Wiggins joined us as well.
During the day, fifth-grade students showed off their financial knowledge through an interactive trivia Q&A session with NBA, BBVA Compass, and EverFi volunteers. It was incredible to see these kids already understanding concepts like saving, budgeting, credit, careers, and charity. BBVA Compass also generously donated over one thousand books and sixty tablet computers.
Since we embarked on this critical skills mission five years ago, we’ve developed some incredible partnerships with hundreds of companies, foundations and individuals. Adding one of the world’s most recognized sports brands is a huge step that provides an even broader platform to help more young students build their financial knowledge. Having the opportunity to do it with the likes of George ‘The Iceman’ Gervin makes it that much sweeter.
Thank you BBVA Compass, NBA, and all the NBA Legends who made last week so memorable for hundreds of Houston students. For me, last week really validates the mission we’re on and demonstrates how engaged third parties can make an immediate and profound difference in the community.
And last thing…now that we’re partnered with the NBA and our new NBA Legend friends, I’m feeling pretty confident about the state of the EverFi basketball squad. So any of you education technology teams looking for a game, bring it on!