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Fenway Park to Host 135th Edition of ‘The Game,’ As Harvard and Yale Bring Storied Football Rivalry to the Iconic Home of the Boston Red Sox

City of Boston, Fenway Sports Management announce nation’s second-oldest Division I
college football rivalry to take place at Major League Baseball’s oldest operating ballpark

BOSTON, MA – Fenway Sports Management and the City of Boston today announced that one of college football’s most storied and tradition-laden rivalries will be played out on the Fenway Park gridiron in 2018. The 135th rendition of Harvard and Yale’s football rivalry will be played in front of the “Green Monster” at the home of the Boston Red Sox on November 17, 2018. The game will also mark the 50th anniversary of the epic 1968 clash between the two Ivy League schools, which famously ended in a 29-29 tie.

The announcement comes on the heels of a busy off-season at Fenway, which included the 2017 Fenway Gridiron Series presented by Your Call Football – three collegiate football games featuring six of New England’s major college programs, the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival and a series of high school football games.

“The Harvard Yale football game is a classic match up, and Fenway Park is a beloved Boston landmark and classic in its own right,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Boston looks forward to hosting Harvard, and all visitors, in 2018 for this iconic game.”

Harvard and Yale first met on November 13, 1875, in the first of 134 battles on the gridiron with Harvard winning by a score of 4-0. The format of the game pre-dated the modern football scoring system and resembled rugby more than today’s version of American football. Yale leads the series, 67-59-8. The only rivalry in college football older than The Game is Yale’s annual meeting with Princeton, which began in 1873. In terms of games played in a rivalry, Harvard-Yale (134 games) ranks behind only Lafayette-Lehigh (153) and Yale-Princeton (141).

“It’s an honor to host one of the most prestigious rivalries in American collegiate athletics,” said Boston Red Sox President & CEO Sam Kennedy. “This is one of the most anticipated sporting event in the Northeast, and I know everyone at Fenway Park and Fenway Sports Management will work tirelessly to make the 135th edition of The Game a memorable experience for the players, the coaches, and the alumni. I can think of no place more fitting to host this historic game.”

The 1968 matchup ranks ninth on ESPN’s list of greatest college football ties ever and was the last tie in the rivalry’s history, as subsequent changes to overtime rules eliminated the possibility. The Bulldogs carried a comfortable lead (29-13) heading into the game’s final minute, but Harvard rallied with an 86-yard touchdown drive, then recovered an on-side kick, followed by another touchdown and a game tying two-point conversion as time expired.

“We are very excited to face our historic rival at Fenway Park, a landmark of New England sports,” said Bob Scalise, Harvard’s John D. Nichols ’53 Family Director of Athletics. “This will be a special experience for our student-athletes, student body, alumni and fans, and we are proud to partner with Fenway Sports Management for “The Game” next year.”

The football rivalry between Harvard’s Crimson and Yale’s Bulldogs is among the most revered on the American athletic scene for its combination of passion and purity to the sport, as it established the template for American college football. ‘The Game’ annually serves as the most prominent athletic contest between the Ivy institutions and is the season finale in football for the two schools. In the most recent edition, Yale defeated Harvard, 24-3, on November 18 at the Yale Bowl to finish the season 9-1 and capture the 2017 Ivy League crown.

“We are excited to play next year’s game against Harvard at one of the most iconic venues in all of sports,” said Yale Athletic Director Tom Beckett. “Fenway Park will provide an incredible stage for one of college football’s most storied rivalries. This will be an experience our student-athletes, coaches, alumni, and fans will not soon forget.”

Fenway Park has a long history with football dating back to its opening in 1912. The ballpark was commonly transformed to the gridiron for high school and college football games throughout the early 20th Century and was home to the Boston Patriots from 1963-68. In November 2015, football returned to Fenway Park for the first time since 1968 when Notre Dame hosted Boston College in their Shamrock Series game. The Harvard-Yale contest in 2018 will mark the second straight year that two Ivy League schools compete on the Fenway pitch. Serving as the opener of the 2017 Fenway Gridiron Series trilogy, Dartmouth beat Brown, 33-10, on November 10.

“Over the last three years, Fenway Park has hosted four Division I football games, including Notre Dame and Boston College in 2015 and the three just-concluded games as part of the Fenway Gridiron Series,” said Mark Lev, Managing Director of Fenway Sports Management. “Having a staff experienced in creating a diverse array of major events is key to producing a marquee football game like Harvard-Yale at Fenway Park. Our staff has first-hand knowledge for the passion of the college teams competing and the fans that follow them. That knowhow will prove invaluable as we eagerly anticipate hosting one of the great sports spectacles in America, ‘The Game’ between Harvard and Yale next November 17.”

Kickoff time and ticket information will be announced at a later date. For further information fans can visit www.redsox.com/thegame.

About Fenway Sports Management (FSM)
Fenway Sports Management (FSM) is a global sports marketing firm that specializes in partnership sales, consulting, and the creation of unique and memorable events and experiences. A wholly owned subsidiary of Fenway Sports Group, FSM is a part of an elite family of properties that includes some of the most storied names and venues in all of sports including the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football Club, New England Sports Network and Roush Fenway Racing. For further information visit Fenway Sports Management.

Media Contacts
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate Communications
617-895-7905, kgainsboro@elevatecom.com

Tim Williamson, Harvard University
(617) 495-2206, twilliam@fas.harvard.edu

Steven Conn, Yale College
(203) 432.1455, steven.conn@yale.edu

 

 

 

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Fenway Park Transition Begins in Preparation for the Fenway Gridiron Series Presented by Your Call Football and AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival

Grounds crew begins conversion from baseball to football field and hurling pitch
in advance of full slate of November special events as the ‘fastest game on turf’
and college football return to iconic ballpark

BOSTON, MA  The Fenway Park grounds crew will begin the ballpark’s transformation from a Major League Baseball diamond to a multi-purpose football field and hurling pitch on Monday, October 23, as Fenway Sports Management prepares to host a full slate of special events this November. This marks the beginning of final preparations for the return of both college football and “the fastest game on turf” respectively as the iconic ballpark gets set to host the Fenway Gridiron Series Presented by Your Call Football and the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival. Field transition will take place through Wednesday, November 8.

Media interested in capturing photos, video and interviews from the field construction should send an email including name and desired date and time to SpecialEvents@elevatecom.com. Images and video of the field transformation will also be made available by Fenway Sports Management.

A planned timeline of field transition includes:

  • Week of October 23 – Field Goal posts and end zone net pole system installed on Tuesday; Pitchers mound is removed on Wednesday; Infield sod is installed Wednesday-Friday
  • Week of October 30 –  Field dimension painting begins on Monday; Logo painting begins on Tuesday
  • Week of November 6 – Warning track sod is installed; Visitor’s dugout conversion/padding begins

*Schedule and activities subject to change

The Fenway Gridiron Series Presented by Your Call Football is a two-week series of three Division I college football games, featuring six of the most prominent New England teams:

  • Friday, November 10, at 8:00 p.m. – Brown University hosts Dartmouth College
  • Saturday, November 11, at 4:00 p.m. – University of Massachusetts hosts the University of Maine
  • Saturday, November 18, at 7:00 p.m. – University of Connecticut hosts Boston College

For more information about the Fenway Gridiron Series Presented by Your Call Football, including how to purchase tickets and continuous schedule updates, please visit FenwayGridironSeries.com.

On Sunday, November 19, the day after the final game of the New England college football trilogy, the gridiron will transform into a hurling pitch as the “Ancient Irish Warrior Sport” makes its triumphant return to the historic ballpark when four of the most famous hurling clubs from Ireland battle in a three-match, one-day hurling championship at Fenway Park. Dublin will face Galway and Tipperary will take on Clare, with the winners meeting in the inaugural championship of the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival. The winner of the final match will be presented with the Players Champion Cup to conclude the day’s festivities. Tickets and additional information are available at redsox.com/hurling.

On Wednesday, November 22, the Fenway Gridiron Series Presented by Your Call Football concludes with a special high school pre-Thanksgiving football doubleheader featuring Masconomet versus Everett and Hingham battling Scituate in their traditional rivalry games. Tickets for that doubleheader can be purchased by visiting redsox.com/gridiron with 25% of every ticket sold given back to the school each patron is supporting.

About Fenway Sports Management (FSM)
Fenway Sports Management (FSM) is a global sports marketing firm that specializes in partnership sales, consulting, and the creation of unique and memorable events and experiences.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Fenway Sports Group, FSM is a part of an elite family of properties that includes some of the most storied names and venues in all of sports including the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football Club, New England Sports Network and Roush Fenway Racing. For further information visit Fenway Sports Management. 

About Your Call Football
Your Call Football, an interactive technology company that puts fans in control of live games, is the title sponsorship of the Fenway Gridiron Series. Newton-based Your Call Football puts fans in control of live games, transforming spectator sports into interactive, social and competitive experiences. Your Call Football is upgrading the sports and gaming industries by offering gamers and football fans the chance to control a live sporting event and compete on their play-calling skills. Fans attending the Fenway Gridiron Series games will get an exclusive first look at the future of sports and gaming with demos of the Your Call Football technology and fan experience at Fenway Park. The Your Call Football platform will not have any in-game activation during the Fenway Gridiron Series.

About American International Group, Inc. (AIG)
American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is a leading global insurance organization. Founded in 1919, today AIG member companies provide a wide range of property casualty insurance, life insurance, retirement products, and other financial services to customers in more than 80 countries and jurisdictions. These diverse offerings include products and services that help businesses and individuals protect their assets, manage risks and provide for retirement security. AIG’s core businesses include Commercial Insurance and Consumer Insurance, as well as Other Operations. Commercial Insurance comprises two modules – Liability and Financial Lines, and Property and Special Risks. Consumer Insurance comprises four modules – Individual Retirement, Group Retirement, Life Insurance and Personal Insurance. AIG common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Additional information about AIG can be found at www.aig.com and www.aig.com/strategyupdate | YouTube: www.youtube.com/aig | Twitter: @AIGinsurance www.twitter.com/AIGinsurance | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/aig. These references with additional information about AIG have been provided as a convenience, and the information contained on such websites is not incorporated by reference into this press release.

AIG is the marketing name for the worldwide property-casualty, life and retirement, and general insurance operations of American International Group, Inc. For additional information, please visit our website at www.aig.com. All products and services are written or provided by subsidiaries or affiliates of American International Group, Inc. Products or services may not be available in all countries, and coverage is subject to actual policy language. Non-insurance products and services may be provided by independent third parties. Certain property-casualty coverages may be provided by a surplus lines insurer. Surplus lines insurers do not generally participate in state guaranty funds, and insureds are therefore not protected by such funds.

Media Contact
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate Communications
617-895-7905, kgainsboro@elevatecom.com

Fenway Park to Host Three Division I New England College Football Games in November

UConn, UMass, and Brown Relocate Home Games to Fenway Park

Boston, MA – Fenway Sports Management today announced that college football will return to Fenway Park in November, 2017, with a collection of New England’s Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) programs.

On Saturday, November 18, the University of Connecticut will host Boston College. This will be the first football game at Fenway Park for the University of Connecticut, and the 77th for Boston College.

“We are thrilled to take part in the continuation of what we hope will be a long-time partnership with Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox,” said UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict. “This game will present our players with an unforgettable experience – playing in one of the most renowned venues in American sport – and provide UConn fans with a front row seat. We could not be happier to take part.”

“This is a great opportunity for our fans to see us play seven games in Boston, our players to experience a world-famous venue, and to showcase New England and ACC football with the ‘Football at Fenway’ series,” said Boston College Director of Athletics Brad Bates. “We are excited about the chance to play a game in one of American’s most iconic sports venues.”

On Friday, November 10, a matchup between two New England Ivy League teams will take place when Brown University hosts Dartmouth College. The game will mark the third appearance for both Brown and Dartmouth.

“Fenway Park is an iconic New England landmark and we are excited about the unique opportunity to play a football game there,” said Brown University Director of Athletics Jack Hayes. “It will be an unforgettable experience for our team members, alumni, and fans.”

“Fenway Park is one of the great venues in all of sports,” said Dartmouth Director of Athletics Harry Sheehy. “This promises to be an unforgettable experience for the players, coaches, and alumni of Brown and Dartmouth. We are honored to continue our great rivalry with Brown University at Fenway Park.”

The following day, Saturday, November 11, the University of Massachusetts will host the University of Maine – the first college football game at Fenway Park for both teams.

“We are thrilled to enter into a partnership with the Boston Red Sox to bring the Commonwealth’s Flagship football program to Boston to play in iconic Fenway Park next fall,” said UMass Athletic Director Ryan Bamford. “This is a special opportunity for UMass that will undoubtedly attract the attention of fans throughout New England. Our sincere thanks to the Red Sox leadership for working with us to bring UMass Football to Fenway in 2017.”

“The historic prestige and legendary status of Fenway Park make this such a special and unique opportunity for the University of Maine and one we are excited to share with our student-athletes, staff, fans and alumni,” said UMaine Athletic Director Karlton Creech. “We would like to thank Fenway Sports Management and everyone who worked to make this event at such a historic venue a reality.”

Game times and ticket information for all three games will be announced at a later date.

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Santander, Philadelphia Eagles Kick-Off Third Annual “Field Goal Challenge”

Fans Enter for Chance to Kick 30-Yard Field Goal during Halftime of Eagles Game on 12/11,
Win $10,000 Cash Prize and Secure Another $10,000 for Local School of Their Choice

Philadelphia, PASantander Bank, N.A. today announced the return of the “Santander Field Goal Challenge” for the third consecutive year. The popular promotion provides Philadelphia Eagles fans with a chance to win the once-in-a-lifetime experience of kicking a field goal at a National Football League stadium.

Now through October 31, 2016, Eagles fans are invited to enter to win a chance to attempt a 30-yard field goal during halftime of the Eagles home game on December 11th. A successful conversion will result in a $10,000 prize for the winner. An additional $10,000 will be donated to the regional K-12 school of the winner’s choice, courtesy of Santander, the Official Bank of the Philadelphia Eagles.

“The ‘Santander Field Goal Challenge’gives us the chance to give back to the local community, while promoting education and connecting with the Eagles passionate fan base,” said Angela Moultrie, Santander region president for the Pennsylvania/New Jersey Central regions. “We know how much Eagles fans like this contest and look forward to the game in December when one lucky Eagles fan will get the chance to win big for themselves and the school of their choice.”

Fans can enter the “Santander Field Goal Challenge” at www.philadelphiaeagles.com/santander, with one contestant selected per day throughout the duration of the contest. All winning contestants will participate in the “Santander Field Goal Challenge Tryouts” at the Eagles NovaCare Complex training facility the week of November 14th, where contestants will go head-to-head in a series of field goal attempts until one finalist remains. The finalist will take the field on December 11th to attempt a 30-yard field goal. Another six weekly winners will take home a signed 2016 Eagles jersey.

“As an Eagles fan, walking onto the field and converting a kick in front of 70,000 people was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and winning big for my school was amazing,” said last year’s winner, Thomas Voelker, who took his family to Disney World with his personal prize and used the $10,000 school donation to support STEM programming at Brandywine Heights Middle School. “As a school administrator, I know firsthand how significant a $10,000 donation can be for a school and I commend Santander for offering Eagles fans the chance to live out the ultimate fantasy and support a local school in the process.”

Legal residents of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, 18-years of age or older, may enter the “Santander Field Goal Challenge” by visiting www.philadelphiaeagles.com/santander and providing all entry information. No purchase necessary to enter or win a prize. Sweepstakes start at 12:00 a.m. (ET) on September 22, 2016 and end on October 31, 2016. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of DE, NJ, and PA who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry. Void outside of DE, NJ, PA and where prohibited. Santander Bank, N.A. is a Member FDIC and a wholly owned subsidiary of Banco Santander, S.A. ©2016 Santander Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. Santander, Santander Bank and the Flame Logo are trademarks of Banco Santander, S.A. or its subsidiaries in the United States or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.The promotion ends at 11:59:59 a.m. (ET) on October 31, 2016. The official contest rules are also available at www.philadelphiaeagles.com/santander.

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About Santander Bank
Santander Bank, N.A. is one of the country’s top retail and commercial banks by deposits and a wholly owned subsidiary of Banco Santander, S.A. – one of the most respected banking groups in the world. With its corporate offices in Boston, Santander Bank’s more than 670 branches and nearly 2,100 ATMs are principally located in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Bank’s 9,400 employees are committed to helping our more than 2.1 million customers make progress toward their financial goals with the support of our call centers, interactive online banking platform and easy-to-use mobile app. Madrid-based Banco Santander (NYSE: SAN), serves more than 117 million customers in the U.K., Europe, Latin America and the U.S. Through its local affiliates, including Santander Bank, Banco Santander is the largest corporate contributor to higher education in the world, investing over $165 million annually in colleges and universities across more than 20 countries, including the U.S. For more information on Santander Bank, please visit www.santanderbank.com.

Media Contact
Sarah Rich, Elevate Communications: 617-861-3658, srich@elevatecom.com

 

Philadelphia Eagles Fans Invited To “Bank On Their Eagles Pride” For Chance To Win Season Tickets From Santander

The Official Bank of the Philadelphia Eagles Kicks off the Football Season by Giving One Lucky Eagles Fan the Ultimate Prize

Philadelphia, PA – Santander Bank today announced the launch of its “Bank on Your Eagles Pride Sweepstakes,” which gives one lucky Eagles fan the chance of a lifetime — the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to every Eagles regular season home game this season. As the Official Bank of the Philadelphia Eagles, Santander is excited for the season ahead and is looking forward to celebrating with fellow fans through this interactive sweepstakes.

Now through August 24, 2016, Eagles fans are invited to submit a photo showcasing their Eagles pride to be entered for a chance to win a variety of prizes. One grand prize winner will receive a pair of tickets to each of the 2016 Eagles regular season home games. Five first prize winners will receive two tickets to the Eagles’ home game against the New York Giants scheduled for Thursday, December 22, 2016. Another five second prize winners will each be awarded an Eagles helmet signed by a player on the team.

“Eagles fans are known for being some of the most passionate football enthusiasts in the country,” said Angela Moultrie, Santander region president for the Pennsylvania/New Jersey Central regions. “As the Official Bank of the Philadelphia Eagles, we’re thrilled to kick off the much-anticipated football season by recognizing that pride and enthusiasm for the team. With tens of thousands of people on the season ticket waitlist, our grand prize will be a big win for one lucky fan in our community.”

Legal residents of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, 18 years of age and older, may enter Santander’s “Bank on Your Eagles Pride Sweepstakes” by visiting www.santanderseasonseats.com and submitting a photo showcasing their Eagles pride. No purchase is necessary to enter. The sweepstakes ends at 4:00 p.m. ET on August 24, 2016. Winners will be announced on August 25. The official rules are available at www.santanderseasonseats.com.

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Santander Bank on Your Eagles Pride Sweepstakes Rules
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Void where prohibited. Santander’s Bank on Your Eagles Pride Sweepstakes is sponsored by Santander Bank, N.A. 75 State Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Open to legal U.S. residents, residing in DE, NJ or PA, 18 & older. Begins at 11:00 am ET on 7/20/16 and ends at 4:00 pm ET on 8/24/16. Click here or visit santanderseasonseats.com for Official Rules, including odds and prize descriptions.

About Santander Bank
Santander Bank, N.A. is one of the country’s top retail and commercial banks by deposits and a wholly owned subsidiary of Banco Santander, S.A. – one of the most respected banking groups in the world. With its corporate offices in Boston, Santander Bank’s more than 670 branches and nearly 2,100 ATMs are principally located in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Bank’s 9,400 employees are committed to helping our more than 2.1 million customers make progress toward their financial goals with the support of our call centers, interactive online banking platform and easy-to-use mobile app. Madrid-based Banco Santander (NYSE: SAN), serves more than 117 million customers in the U.K., Europe, Latin America and the U.S. Through its local affiliates, including Santander Bank, Banco Santander is the largest corporate contributor to higher education in the world, investing over $165 million annually in colleges and universities across more than 20 countries, including the U.S. For more information on Santander Bank, please visit www.santanderbank.com.

Media Contact
Sarah Rich, Elevate Communications: 617-861-3658, srich@elevatecom.com

 

Liverpool Football Club to Participate in Series of Bay Area Community Appearances, Cultural Visits, Press Conferences, Media Availabilities & Open Training Sessions as Club Visits U.S. for Pre-Season Tour

Liverpool Reds face EPL Rivals Chelsea FC at Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA on July 27;
Italian Giants AC Milan on July 30 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara & AS Roma at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 1

WHAT:
As Liverpool Football Club (LFC) returns to the U.S. for the 2016 pre-season tour the club will participate in a series of community activities, cultural visits, press conferences & training sessions throughout its week-long stay in the Bay Area.

WHO:
Liverpool Football Club Players, Managers, Legends, Executives & Supporters

WHEN:
Thursday, July 21

  • 11:30 am Post training interview availability, Stanford
  • 1:00 pm LFC visit to Alcatraz, San Francisco

Friday, July 22

  • 9:00 am LFC visit to Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco
  • 3:30-5:00 pm Street Soccer USA: LFC Soccer Clinic with children and young people Tenderloin Children’s Playground, San Francisco

Saturday, July 23

  • 10:00-11:00 am Liverpool Foundation Special Olympics Soccer Clinic, Bellamarine College Preparatory, San Jose

Sunday, July 24

  • 10:00-11:00 am Liverpool Foundation Junior Soccer Clinic, Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Centre, Los Gatos

Monday, July 25

  • 3:30-5:45 pm Soccer School appearance, Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Centre, Los Gatos

Friday, July 29

  • 3:30-4:30 pm LFC visit to Ronald McDonald House, 520 Sandhill Road, Stanford

Saturday, July 30

  • 9:00-12:00 pm Liverpool Foundation Street Soccer USA Clinic, The Yard at Mission Rock, San Francisco
  • 7:00-9: 30 pm Liverpool vs AC Milan match, Levi Stadium, San Francisco

NOTE:
LFC will distribute daily media alerts containing further event details& information on participants, available Club spokespeople, locations & timing surrounding each media opportunity & availability.  For more information on Liverpool FC’s 2016 U.S. pre-season tour visit www.lfctour.com.

Media Contact
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate Communicaitons: 617-895-7905, kgainsboro@elevatecom.com

 

Philadelphia Eagles Player Channels Dr. Seuss To Lead Story Time With Local Kids As Santander Donates 3,000 Books To Philadelphia Reads

Bank executives, Eagles Youth Partnership Representatives, Local Kids Gather to Commemorate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, Read Across America Day, and Culmination of Bank’s Inaugural Book Drive to Provide Literacy Opportunities for At-Risk Youth

Who:

  • Philadelphia Eagles Player
  • Philadelphia Eagles Mascot SWOOP
  • Eagles Youth Partnership’s Storybook Man
  • More than 50 students from West Oak Lane Charter School
  • Angela Moultrie, Region President, Santander (TBC)
  • David Swoyer, Commercial Banking Regional Executive, Santander
  • James Wujcik, Business Banking Market Manager, Santander
  • Kristen Angelucci, Marketing & Development Director, Philadelphia Reads

What:
A book donation event of more than 3,000 books collected by Santander Bank for Philadelphia Reads to distribute to at-risk youth. At the event, which coincides with Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America Day, a
Philadelphia Eagles player will remind students that “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax. All you need is a book.” Before the book presentation, the player, along with the Eagles Youth Partnership’s (EYP) Storybook Man, will read Dr. Seuss stories to more than 50 local students from West Oak Lane Charter School, who will also enjoy a meet and  greet opportunity with the player and the Eagles mascot, SWOOP.

The Santander Book Drive was established in 2015 in partnership with EYP, a nonprofit organization that serves more than 50,000 low-income children in Greater Philadelphia. EYP selected Philadelphia Reads – a non-profit organization that provides meaningful opportunities for individuals, community groups and foundations to help students build strong literacy skills by the end of third grade – as the Santander Book Drive beneficiary. The organization will distribute the new books, which were donated by employees and customers across 60 local Santander branches, to students at Philadelphia Public Schools.                   

When:
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.                     

Where:
Philadelphia Reads Book Bank*
The Martin Luther King High School, Room T 137
6100 Stenton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19138

*Entry/Parking Instructions – Please enter on the Haines Street side in the parking lot that is closest to Stenton Ave. There will be a loading dock and an awning that says PCAT

Why:
Great visuals of the Eagles player and Eagles Youth Partnership’s Storybook Man interacting with local students in celebration of the Santander Book Drive, Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America Day, while promoting the importance of making literacy accessible to Greater Philadelphia public school children.
                  

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About Santander Bank
Santander Bank, N.A. is one of the country’s top retail banks by deposits and a wholly owned subsidiary of Banco Santander, S.A. – one of the most respected banking groups in the world.  With its corporate offices in Boston, Santander Bank’s more than 670 branches and nearly 2,100 ATMs are principally located in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Bank’s 9,400 employees are committed to helping our more than 2.1 million customers make progress toward their financial goals with the support of our call centers, interactive online banking platform and easy-to-use mobile app. Madrid-based Banco Santander (NYSE: SAN), serves more than 117 million customers in the U.K., Europe, Latin America and the U.S.  Through its local affiliates, including Santander Bank, Banco Santander is the largest corporate contributor to higher education in the world, investing over $165 million annually in colleges and universities across more than 20 countries, including the U.S.  For more information on Santander Bank, please visit www.santanderbank.com.

Media Contact:
Sarah Rich, Elevate Communications: 617-861-3658, srich@elevatecom.com

Eagles Fan Tom Voelker Successfully Converts $20,000 Kick To Win The Santander Field Goal Challenge

Sinking Spring, PA Native Wins “Santander Field Goal Challenge” before 70,000 Screaming Fans
during Halftime of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game

Boston, MA – Sinking Spring, PA native Tom Voelker stepped onto the turf at Lincoln Financial Field during halftime of today’s National Football League game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to attempt a field goal kick from the 20-yard line and win the “Santander Field Goal Challenge,” which sailed through the goal posts. The successful kick won Voelker $10,000, along with an additional $10,000 donation to Brandywine Heights Middle School, the regional kindergarten through 12th grade school selected by Voelker, courtesy of Santander Bank, N.A.

Volker is Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology for the Brandywine Heights Area School District, where Brandywine Heights Middle School is based. Santander, which operates nearly 160 branches in Pennsylvania, is the Official Bank of the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I’m ecstatic! As a lifelong Eagles fan, just to be able to walk onto the field during a game was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but to have converted the kick and to know that I’ve won $10,000 for myself and $10,000 for Brandywine Heights Middle School is surreal,” said Voelker. “Santander’s Field Goal Challenge was such a fun experience and I’d like to thank Santander for the opportunity and prizes. I’m excited to bring my family on a wonderful trip to Disney World with my winnings, while the school donation will go a long way toward providing the resources necessary to make the STEM courses we’re trying to implement at the Middle School a great success.”

The second annual “Santander Field Goal Challenge” offered Eagles fans the chance to answer online trivia questions about Eagles alumni to win a spot in the Santander Field Goal Challenge Try Outs, which were held November 5 at The Fieldhouse at NovaCare Complex. After receiving tips from Eagles Kicker Cody Parkey, Voelker outkicked more than 40 contestants to move on to today’s final kick. Michael Cleary, Head of Consumer and Business Banking at Santander, joined Voelker on the field to present him with two checks for $10,000.

“Giving back to the communities is a core part of our philosophy,” said Cleary. “The Field Goal Challenge is an exciting way to engage with Eagles fans and a unique way to provide funding to a local school as part of our broader commitment to education. We applaud all of the contestants who participated in this challenge and congratulate Tom for successfully kicking the field goal at today’s Eagles game. Tom was an ideal candidate given his role as an educator and we’re thrilled to present him and Brandywine Heights Middle School the $10,000 grand prizes.”

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About Santander Bank
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, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Santander’s 9,800 employees serve its 2.1 million customers through more than 670 branches and approximately 2,100 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.

Media Contact
Erin Evanoka, Elevate Communications: 646-456-9649, eevanoka@elevatecom.com

Philadelphia Eagles Fans Vie For Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity To Attempt A Field Goal During A Home Game At “Santander Field Goal Challenge” Try Outs

Fans Compete for Chance to Attempt a Game Day Field Goal to Win $10,000
and Score an Additional $10,000 Donation for a School of the Winner’s Choice

Who:

  • Cody Parker Philadelphia Eagles kicker
  • More than 40 Eagles fans pre-selected to participate in the “Santander Field Goal Challenge” try outs
  • Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders
  • Angela Moultrie, Santander VP and Regional President for New Jersey Central and Pennsylvania

What:
More than 40 Philadelphia Eagles fans will vie for a football fan’s dream prize: a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attempt a field goal from the 20 yard line during halftime at the Eagles’ November 22 home game against Tampa Bay.

To make the cut, the amateur kickers will step onto the turf in the Field House at the NovaCare Complex, the Eagles’ official training facility, for the “Santander Field Goal Challenge” try outs. Those fans, who won the exclusive right to take part by correctly answering trivia questions about Eagles alumni as part of Santander Bank, N.A.’s online contest in partnership with the NFL team this fall, will attempt to convert successful field goals from increasing distances until one finalist remains.

A successful conversion on November 22 will net a $10,000 prize. An additional $10,000 will be donated to the regional K-12 school of the winner’s choice, both courtesy of Santander, the Official Bank of the Philadelphia Eagles.

When:
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Media check in at 5:30 p.m
Competition begins at 6 p.m.

Where:
The Fieldhouse at NovaCare Complex
One NovaCare Way, Philadelphia, PA, 19145

Why:
Great visuals of Eagles fans putting their talent to the test and competing against one another for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as well as a good cause. The “Santander Field Goal Challenge” presents a unique experience for diehard Eagles fans with the team as well as a way for Santander to continue to extend its community engagement and support of local education.

Media Contact:
Erin Evanoka, Elevate Communications: 646-456-9649, eevanoka@elevatecom.com

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Books Build Character: Santander Launches Inaugural Holiday Book Drive To Benefit Eagles Youth Partnership And Philadelphia Area Schools

Holiday Book Drive Runs Now through December 11, with Collection Bins in 60 Branches;
Bank to Host Reading Events and Giveaways to Develop Love of Literacy among Area Youth

Philadelphia, PA – Santander Bank today announced the launch of its inaugural Holiday Book Drive, a book collection campaign designed to give the gift of reading to at-risk youth in the Greater Philadelphia area.

The Holiday Book Drive will benefit the Eagles Youth Partnership (EYP) – a nonprofit organization that serves more than 50,000 low income children in Greater Philadelphia every year with a focus on health and education programming. EYP will join Santander, the Official Bank of the Philadelphia Eagles, in donating the books collected to high-need Philadelphia public schools.

Now through December 11, Santander invites consumers to bring a new book appropriate for three to 12 year-olds to one of the 60 participating branches to help give the gift of literacy during the 2015 holiday season and further enrich children’s lives. All customers who donate one or more books will receive a signature Eagles-branded bookmark and promotional items.

“Literacy is one of the most powerful indicators of a child’s future success,” said Angela Moultrie, Santander Region President for the Pennsylvania/New Jersey Central regions. “Santander is committed to supporting education and the academic successes of students in each neighborhood in which we work, and by partnering with EYP for our Holiday Book Drive, we’re able to put books directly into the hands of Philadelphia youth and assist in setting them on a path toward success.”

During the Holiday Book Drive, the bank will host a series of supporting events, including visits by EYP’s Book Mobile and Story Book Man to Santander branches in the area and a holiday story celebration at Santander, as well as a “Books Build Character” reading event at Lincoln Financial Field.

For more information about Santander’s Holiday Book Drive Campaign, including a full list of participating branches, please visit www.santanderbank.com/holidaybookdrive.

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About Santander Bank
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, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Santander’s 9,800 employees serve its 2.1 million customers through more than 670 branches and approximately 2,100 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.

Media Contact:
Erin Evanoka, Elevate Communications: 646-456-9649, eevanoka@elevatecom.com