The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic department announced a three-year partnership with FSG Bank on Thursday, making FSG Bank the official bank of Mocs athletics.
"We're proud to have this partnership," said UTC vice chancellor and director of athletics David Blackburn at a news conference. "The best news of the whole thing is that this will benefit our student-athletes and our staff who go out and try to bring in the best and the brightest that we can bring into UTC."
As part of the partnership, FSG Bank will establish an endowment to provide aid to student-athletes and more resources to UTC coaches and staff to provide more resources to compete on and off the playing field.
FSG Bank also announced a new UTC athletics debit card, which will be available this fall and will feature the Mocs' logo, and will continue its "Take it to the Bank" campaign with UTC football and men's and women's basketball. "Take it to the Bank" raised $15,000 for six local nonprofit groups last year, and the program now will raise money for the endowment benefiting UTC athletics.
"The partnership with UTC and the university is critical to becoming the brand we want to be," said FSG Bank president and CEO Mike Kramer. "Out mission statement is to be the bank that genuinely cares about the clients and communities we serve. ... By aligning with folks of the reputation and excellence of UTC and UTC athletics, we think that helps us advance our cause."
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