|[November 14, 2012]
Phoenix Suns and Sun Life Financial Present $110,000 in Grants and Scholarships to Phoenix Nonprofits and Rising Star Students at Suns' Pre-game Ceremony
WELLESLEY, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
The U.S. business group of Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE:SLF) (TSX:SLF)
today announced Phoenix's Sun Life Rising Star Award recipients,
providing $110,000 in grants and scholarships to two community
organizations, Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley and
New Pathways for Youth (formerly Phoenix Youth at Risk) as well as
an exemplary student nominated by each: Gilbert High School's Nick
Groth, and Metro Tech High School's Diana Gutierrez.
Phoenix Suns front-office executives helped Sun Life Group Sales
Manager Mindy Schulz surprise the students with their
scholarships at a special presentation prior to the Suns vs. Bulls game
at US Airways Center. The winners were also treated to an on-court photo
and were recognized at halftime for their achievements.
The Sun Life Rising Star Awards program recognizes nonprofits that
redress low high school graduation rates and honors outstanding students
who have overcome significant obstacles to succeed. The program also
promotes financial literacy as a means to achieve life-long financial
wellness and stability. Each winning organization receives a $50,000
grant and selects an exemplary student they work with to receive a
$5,000 college scholarship. Since the program's inception, Sun Life has
granted nearly $3 million to 54 students and 47 nonprofit organizations
across the country. This year, Sun Life expanded the program to seven
cities from five in 2011, and will award grants and scholarships to
students and nonprofits in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston,
Philadelphia, Phoenix and South Florida.
"We are making an investment in our youth, our education system and the
workforce of tomorrow through our Sun Life Rising Star Awards program,"
said Sun Life Financial U.S. President Wes Thompson. "It's a privilege
to reward these incredible students who have persevered in the face of
adversity and stayed committed to furthering their education. We believe
they need only opportunity and support to realize their full potential."
In addition to monetary support, the Sun Life Rising Star Awards program
will provide winning organizations with educational curriculum and
resources to increase financial literacy among students. Sun Life
recently partnered with dfree®, a movement developed by Dr. DeForest B.
Soaries Jr. to galvanize the public to overcome the culture of debt and
attain financial self-sufficiency. Sun Life and dfree® will provide the
students and nonprofits with Breaking Free Workbooks, which
includes interactive activities and tools to encourage debt-free living.
A four-person judging panel comprised of Phoenix's foremost government
officials, community and business leaders selected the Sun Life Rising
Star Awards winners based on the following criteria:
Nonrofit's commitment to developing and promoting skills that
directly translate to educational engagement and matriculation rates
for secondary school youth under the age of 21
Nonprofit's demonstrated partnership with a secondary or
post-secondary educational institution
Nonprofit's documented ability to respond to the needs of specific
groups of youth in a manner yielding measurable results
Student nominee's plan to pursue post-secondary education, leadership
qualities, commitment to his or her community, and a 750-word essay on
how financial education contributes to future success
2012 Phoenix Sun Life Rising Stars:
Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley - Boys & Girls
Clubs of the East Valley is a community-based character building youth
development organization. They deliver the highest quality programs and
provide opportunities to assist youth and teens in developing their
self-esteem, values and skills in a fun and safe environment. Boys &
Girls Clubs of the East Valley professionals guide members through
personal, educational, and social development, to realize their full
potential and become positive, value-oriented and productive citizens.
Please visit www.clubzona.org
for more information.
Student Recipient: Nick Groth, Gilbert High School
Nick works for Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley where he served
as a Leader in Training (LIT) for 3 summers and was named Youth of the
Year for the Clubs in 2012. He also served as the president of the
Gilbert Branch's Keystone Club in the 2011-2012 academic year. Nick is a
member of the Gilbert High School varsity football and varsity wrestling
teams, holds a 3.6 GPA in school and hopes to attend college to become
an orthopedic surgeon.
New Pathways for Youth (formerly Phoenix Youth at Risk) - New
Pathways for Youth, formerly known as Phoenix Youth at Risk, makes new
futures possible for area children and youth through mentoring and
value-driven programs. They strive to ensure that all youth achieve
their full potential. Through the structured mentoring programs, New
Pathways for Youth helps at-risk and homeless children and teens learn
to dream again, and make those dreams a reality.
Student Recipient: Diana Gutierrez, Metro Tech
Diana is a math tutor at Metro Tech High School and volunteers at
Mitchell Elementary School (her alma mater) and Golden Gate Community
Center. Diana ranks third in her class of 612 with a 3.842
unweighted/4.526 weighted GPA and has been accepted to the National
Honor Society. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and intermediate
in American Sign Language, is a member of Arizona Quest for Kids, Be A
Leader Program, the American Sign Language Club, Future Business Leaders
of America, and the Science Club.
The judging panel included: CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services, Inc.
Vice President Mike Barberio; Willis Senior Vice President Joanne
Mizell; City of Phoenix, Office of the Mayor Senior Policy Advisor Dr.
Trino Sandoval; and Vernon L. Slaughter, PC Principal/Entertainment
Attorney Vernon Slaughter, Esq. For more information on the Sun
Life Rising Star Awards, please visit www.sunliferisingstar.com.
About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services
organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth
accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate
customers. Chartered in 1865, Sun Life Financial and its partners today
have operations in key markets worldwide, including Canada, the United
States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan,
Indonesia, India, China and Bermuda. In the United States and elsewhere,
insurance products are offered by members of the Sun Life Financial
group that are insurance companies. Sun Life Financial Inc., the holding
company for the Sun Life Financial group of companies, is a public
company. It is not an insurance company and does not offer insurance
products for sale in the United States or elsewhere, and does not
guarantee the obligations of its insurance company subsidiaries. In the
United States, Sun Life Financial provides a range of products and
services to employers and their employees, including group and voluntary
life, disability, dental and stop-loss insurance products. These
products are issued by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada in all
states except New York. In New York, these products are issued by Sun
Life Insurance and Annuity Company of New York. Product offerings may
not be available in all states and may vary depending on state laws and
regulations. For more information please visit www.sunlife.com/us.
Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and
Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.
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