SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwired - March 30, 2017) - The Utah Jazz and Mountain America Credit Union announced today that the Utah Wheelin' Wildcats are this season's fifth recipient of "Pass It Along," a program featuring fan nomination opportunities that rewards five local charitable organizations with $5,000 each.
The Utah Wheelin' Wildcats, which provides an adaptive sports program for sports-minded individuals with disabilities and competes in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association's Division III, will be presented with a $5,000 donation prior to the Friday, March 31 game vs. the Washington Wizards at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The photo and check presentation will take place on center court at 5 p.m.
"We are very appreciative to the Utah Jazz and Mountain America Credit Union for their generous donation to the Wheelin' Wildcats," said Vern Burgess, Wheelin' Wildcats coordinator. "This contribution will go a long way in providing more opportunities for our team, allowing us to compete in more tournaments across the country, as well as helping us continue to do what we love."
In addition to the $5,000 donation, the Wheelin' Wildcats received a visit from Mountain America Credit Union President and CEO Sterling Nielsen and Jazz Bear, as well as tickets to Friday's game.
A total of $25,000 has been donated to local non-profits through the 2016-17 "Pass It Along" initiative. Other recipients for this season include Paiute Tribe of Utah Native Youth Program, Head Start, GiGi's Playhouse Layton and Edison Elementary.
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 $6 billion in assets and serves more than 600,000 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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