MESA, Ariz. (UT Release) – Phoenix Mercury guard and former Lady Vol Alexis Hornbuckle, along with NBA legend Felipe Lopez and WNBA legend Bridget Pettis, guided students at Roosevelt Elementary School in Mesa, Ariz., through fitness and basketball activities Tuesday during a WNBA FIT clinic, which encourages students to live in an active and healthy lifestyle.
As part of Team Works In Schools, a joint initiative by BBVA Compass and WNBA Cares, the students learned some of the finer points of fitness from the three basketball luminaries and also got some lessons on financial literacy.
“It was great to see the kids out there having fun,” said BBVA Compass Phoenix City President Lynne Herndon. “Seeing the light bulbs go off over their heads when they started to understand what it means to be financially responsible was a gratifying thing, especially since the bank’s top corporate citizenship priority in supporting public education is financial literacy.”
The BBVA Compass Foundation also donated 189 new books directly to students in kindergarten through second grade through the bank’s Reading Counts literacy program. Thirty-one tablet computers and a laptop were donated to the school as well.
“We are proud to take part in a program that shares our commitment to education and provides students with the resources they need to succeed,” said Roosevelt Elementary Principal Darlene Shumway. “After today’s volunteer efforts, our students should have a greater sense of pride in their school and education.”
This marks the third consecutive year that BBVA Compass and WNBA Cares have teamed up for the Team. Works. In Schools initiative. The event marks the 14th hands-on service project since the program’s inception in 2010.