FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Knoxville, Tenn. (August 5, 2008) â€“ As the University of Tennessee Volunteers are gearing up for the 2008-2009 season, the Orange Nation is working to coordinate another year of student support and excitement. UT Federal Credit Union (UTFCU) has joined this support network by becoming the â€œOfficial Bank of Orange Nation.â€ The partnership between Orange Nation and UTFCU will provide Orange Nation with additional monetary resources to reach out to students in coordinating the support network counted on by athletes, coaches, and other Volunteer fans when facing another season of fierce SEC competition.
â€œUT is very important to us, itâ€™s even part of our name,â€ Debbie Jones, UT Federal Credit Union CEO, said. â€œAs important as athletics are to all of us, the students are our primary reason for entering this partnership. Americans under the age of 25 are filing bankruptcy faster than any other age group. We want to reach out to college students and help them get their financial lives on the right foot.â€
According to Daniel Ezelle, Vice President of the Orange Nation, â€œOrange Nation is delighted to have UT Federal Credit Union facilitate our financial services. Orange Nationâ€™s affiliation with UTFCU has not only granted us with preeminent financial services, it has also allowed UTFCU to offer several scholarships for Orange Nation members.â€
UTFCU is doing far more than sponsoring Orange Nation as it reaches out to the student population this year. â€œWe have several special events planned in the coming months,â€ adds Malinda Wood, UT Federal Credit Union Marketing Manager. â€œTailgate parties are planned for the first two home football games, weâ€™ve designed an interactive student oriented web site (UTFCU-ROCKS.COM), hosting Guitar Hero and â€˜Sing Rocky Topâ€™ events, and weâ€™re giving away free music cards, a Nintendo Wii, 20 UT student football season ticket vouchers, and much more.â€