PROVIDENCE, R.I. (3/25/14)--For most sports fans March is all about basketball, and for the past 20 years Rhode Island credit unions have been synonymous with high school hoops in the Ocean State. The credit unions of Rhode Island are the lead sponsor of the boys' and girls' Credit Union High School Basketball Championships, a tournament that determines which boys' and girls' high school basketball teams can call themselves state champions.
|For the past 20 years, credit unions of Rhode Island have been the lead sponsor of the Credit Union High School Basketball Championships, a tournament that determines which boys' and girls' high school basketball teams can call themselves state champions. From left, Gary Furtado, president/CEO, Navigant CU, Smithfield; Ken Poyton, president/CEO, Postal Government Employees FCU, Providence; Ellen Ford, president/CEO, People's CU, Middletown; and Sukhi Bahal, senior business consultant, Alloya Corporate FCU, Warrenville, Ill. (Credit Union Association of Rhode Island photo)
Through the generosity of the state's credit unions, student-athletes have the opportunity to play what is often the game of their lifetimes at a tournament quality venue: the Ryan Center at the University of Rhode Island (
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This year the event took place with games at the Ryan Center March 21 and 22.
Alloya Corporate FCU, Warrenville, Ill., plays a central role in organizing the event from fundraising to volunteer coordination and event logistics. The credit unions of Rhode Island and the Credit Union Association of Rhode Island also provide volunteer and monetary support.
The support of the tournament is a reflection of the importance that the credit unions of Rhode Island place on supporting state youth.
The Rhode Island Interscholastic League, which is the governing body for high school student athletics, recognizes the support that it receives from Rhode Island credit union community, the league said. During the tournament, visitors to the Ryan Center see banners and signs recognizing the credit union sponsorship of the event.
Also, radio and TV announcers credit unions with announcement throughout the game broadcasts and credit union leaders help distribute trophies to the participants during the post-game ceremonies.