Football festivities have finally arrived in Houston, but other Texas cities felt the big game’s bright spirit recently, complete with charitable donations to local nonprofits. BBVA Compass, as part of its efforts to create excitement around the big game in Houston on Feb. 5, extended the gridiron experience to other Texas markets by hosting current and former professional football players for public autograph sessions at local branches. The BBVA Compass Foundation also donated more than $32,000 to six local nonprofits in six different cities.
“BBVA Compass is an engine of opportunity that gives back to the people and communities we serve,” said Texas Community Relations Executive Yolanda Davila. “For our branch visits, we wanted to give people the opportunity to meet amazing athletes and create bright memories. At the same time, we wanted to show appreciation to organizations doing amazing work for these same people in the cities we call home.”
Players attending events were from different teams and eras, and included former fullback Daryl “Moose” Johnston in Dallas, Fort Worth and Laredo, current quarterback Colt McCoy in Austin and San Antonio, and current linebacker Brian Cushing who made an appearance in Houston.
Organizations that received donations from the foundation were:
- Austin: Boys and Girls Club of Austin - $10,000
- Dallas: After School All Stars – $2,500
- Fort Worth: ACH Child and Family Services - $5,000
- Laredo: Boys and Girls Club of Laredo - $5,000
- Houston: Ronald McDonald House of Houston - $5,000
- San Antonio: City Year - $5,000
The bank’s focus on community is also part of its Bright Futures platform, launched in 2016. For information on the bank’s 10 Bright Principles, go to BBVABright.com.