BBVA Compass Bowl

February 28, 2013


A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club Celebrates Black History Month with ESPN Regional & BBVA Compass Bowl Volunteers

Birmingham, AL- Gaston Boys and Girls Club announced today its Black History Month Celebration featuring a day of community service with Team ESPN volunteers from ESPN Regional Television & the BBVA Compass Bowl volunteers at its South Park Club location.

"Our Club is honored to host local team members from ESPN Regional Television and the BBVA Compass Bowl," said Frank Adams, President and Chief Professional Officer. "This time together will be a wonderful opportunity for our members to interact and learn from individuals representing one of America's leading entertainment networks. We are thankful for their continued commitment to our children and community."

Beginning at 3:30 pm (CST), Team ESPN and BBVA Compass Bowl volunteers will host a variety of breakout sessions for Club members aged 6 through 18. Volunteers will serve as guest readers for kindergarten, first and second-grade club members, reading books donated by ESPN/Disney and discussing the contributions of prominent Civil Rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr.

Third and fourth grade club members will enjoy an interactive history lesson on baseball great Jackie Robinson, along with other famous African-American athletes - many with roots in Birmingham, AL. Fifth and sixth grade club members will be personalizing sports pennants that can be customized to their favorite sports. And the Club's teen members will be part of a special presentation from Ms. Faye Davis, daughter of Birmingham Black Baron, Lorenzo "Piper" Davis. The day of service concludes with all members enjoying a baseball skills clinic and mini-game to promote sportsmanship, team pride and community spirit.

"Team ESPN is excited to partner with the A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club and also celebrating Black History Month within the Birmingham area," said Missy Betres, ESPN Regional Television manager of events. "With the start of the baseball season approaching and coinciding with the opening of the new baseball park, the Birmingham community is excited to welcome former ESPN executive chairman George Bodenheimer to town. We feel this is a great way event to kick-off the season."

This spring the Club is also excited to welcome ESPN's Executive Chairman, Mr. George Bodenheiemer, to its 46th Anniversary Celebration Dinner taking place on Tuesday, April 2nd at the Sheraton Birmingham. Hosted by Dinner Chairman Don Logan, club members will join the metro-Birmingham community for "Field of Dreams," a dinner celebration raising funds and awareness for the more than 950 children served each year by the A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club.

About A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club

A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club has operated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization since 1966. It is affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a nationwide organization of nearly 4,000 Clubs with a similar core mission of serving some four million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. We offer an alternative safe place for Birmingham neighborhood children to stay out of trouble, remain in school and succeed in life.

BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates more than 709 branches, including 368 in Texas, 93 in Alabama, 79 in Arizona, 65 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 21 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 20 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading Small Business Administration lenders and ranked third in American Banker’s 2012 reputation study of the leading 30 banks in the U.S. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at

BBVA Compass is an indirect subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in Spain, is the largest financial institution in Mexico, and has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region of the United States. Its diversified business is geared toward high-growth markets and relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. BBVA ranks among the leading eurozone banks in terms of return on equity and efficiency. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at


ESPN Regional Television/Event Ownership
The nation’s largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,200 sporting events. Content includes action from NCAA football, basketball and Olympic sports, NHRA and professional and amateur golf, accounting for more than 3,400 live and/or original hours of programming. ERT’s owned and operated events reach over a million fans a year and provides more than 200 additional hours of programming.

In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, WAC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.


ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several sporting events:

Collegiate Football
BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.); Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg; Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MAACO Bowl Las Vegas; Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Houston); Texas Kickoff Classic (Houston); Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu) and The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards

Collegiate Basketball
Armed Forces Classic (Ramstein Air Base, Germany); DIRECTV Classic (Anaheim, Calif.); Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant (S.C.); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Classic presented by Corona Extra (Madison Square Garden); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan); BracketBusters and State Farm Champions Classic (Georgia Dome, Atlanta)

Collegiate Lacrosse
ESPNU Warrior Classic

Additional Events
ESPN National Golf Challenge


For more information, visit

Rachel Margolis, ESPN at 860-766-2798 or; Ralph Evans, BBVA Compass at 205-297-3038 or

Editor's Note:

BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank. Compass Bank, member FDIC.


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