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Home of the Explorers to Have New Name in 2017-18

Release: 04/29/2017
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Courtesy: La Salle
PHILADELPHIATruMark Financial® Credit Union - one of the region's strongest credit unions with 22 branches and 115,000 members - is providing a significant gift to La Salle for naming rights to the University's major athletic facility, it was announced on Monday. As part of a multi-year agreement, Tom Gola Arena at Hayman Hall, the home of Explorer men's basketball, women's basketball and volleyball, will now be known as the Tom Gola Arena at TruMark Financial Center. 

"TruMark Financial is an organization committed to Philadelphia and to La Salle University," Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw said. "We are anticipating a long, successful relationship that enhances the on-campus student experience for years to come."

Beginning in the fall semester of 2017, TruMark Financial will provide affordable financial products and services at a new student-operated credit union branch on La Salle University's campus. With a full service branch on site, students will have the benefit of learning how to manage their money more responsibly and have the opportunity to attend free financial literacy workshops. The branch is designed with a teller pod that gives the credit union a more welcoming atmosphere, removes the barriers of traditional high banking counters, and allows for a more personal service experience.

"This new relationship aims to draw on the distinct strengths of each organization in working with youth: TruMark Financial's commitment to providing financial education for young adults and La Salle's mission and tradition of combining progressive ideas with practical needs of students," said Richard F. Stipa, chief executive officer, TruMark Financial.

The credit union will also provide scholarship and financial literacy support at the university. As April is National Financial Literacy month, both organizations are pleased to announce a comprehensive financial literacy program will be offered to engage and educate La Salle students in money management related subjects.

The credit union will have a presence on campus, engage in professional mentoring to students, and participate in the university's experiential education program. By working together, both organizations hope to provide the students with the financial tools needed to make informed financial decisions so they can manage their money responsibly.

As part of its ongoing financial literacy program, Building Financial Futures, credit union employees will work with school administrators and conduct personal finance presentations on topics such as saving, borrowing, investing, and budgeting on campus.
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