SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwired - November 28, 2016) - The Utah Jazz and Mountain America Credit Union are continuing to "Pass It Along" to the community this season and reward five local charitable organizations with $5,000 each.
Fans are encouraged to nominate local charitable groups that they feel go above and beyond in giving back to the community via www.utahjazz.com/passitalong. One winner will be announced each month, from November through March 2016, for a total of $25,000 being donated to five deserving organizations.
"The Utah Jazz are proud to continue the 'Pass It Along' initiative with Mountain America Credit Union," said Jazz president Steve Starks. "Since the program's inception, $80,000 has been donated to non-profits doing great work in our community. We look forward to rewarding five more organizations this season."
The Paiute Tribe of Utah Native Youth Program, which encourages Native American youth to dream big, while providing support to prevent destructive behaviors, will be presented with a $5,000 donation prior to the Tuesday, November 29 game vs. the Houston Rockets at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The photo and check presentation will take place on center court at 5 p.m.
"Mountain America is proud to partner with the Utah Jazz in helping organizations that make a difference in our communities," says President and CEO Sterling Nielsen. "We invite everyone to nominate charitable organizations that deserve to be recognized in the Pass It Along program."
In addition to the $5,000 donation, the youth from the Paiute Tribe of Utah Native Youth Program toured the arena and shot hoops with Nielsen on the Jazz court prior to attending the second day of the 2016 Utah Jazz Summer League.
A total of $30,000 was donated last season to local non-profits through the "Pass It Along" initiative. The 2015-16 recipients included Neighborhood House, National Ability Center, Utah Honor Flight, Kauri Sue Hamilton School, Intermountain Healing Hearts and the Bradley Center.
About the Utah Jazz
Founded as the 18th member of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1974, and located in Salt Lake City since 1979, the Utah Jazz are committed to excellence as a team and in the community. On the court, the Jazz are the third-winningest team in the NBA over the last 30 years, having won eight division titles and two Western Conference championships along with 14 seasons of 50-plus wins, and are supported by one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports. Away from the court, the Jazz are very active in the local community and have assisted a multitude of organizations and worthy causes by way of charitable donations, service and grants through Larry H. Miller Charities. The Utah Jazz also operate the Junior Jazz program, the largest and longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA, featuring more than 55,000 players and an additional 13,000 volunteers who take part annually across seven states. For more information on the Utah Jazz, visit www.utahjazz.com.
About Mountain America Credit Union
Mountain America Credit Union has more than $5.9 billion in assets and serves more than 700,000 members, wherever they are, through online and mobile banking, 86 branches in five states, and access to more than 50,000 surcharge-free ATMs and 5,000 shared-branching locations nationwide. With roots dating back to the 1930s, Mountain America offers a variety of financial products and services for consumers and businesses, including checking and savings accounts, auto loans, mortgage loans, business checking, student loans, SBA loans and retirement options. Visit www.macu.com for more information.
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