SEFCU to Serve as Presenting Sponsor for the 2013 Basketball Championship
“We are thrilled that SEFCU has once again agreed to become the presenting sponsor of our basketball championship,” said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. “SEFCU has been a great partner for the University at Albany and America East in the past and its contribution will enhance the championship experience for all those involved.”
“We are proud to once again partner with the University at Albany in bringing the community together for another exciting season of men’s and women’s basketball topped off with the America East Championship coming to the SEFCU Arena,” said Michael J. Castellana, SEFCU’s President and CEO. “We welcome all of the America East teams to the Capital Region as they participate in what is expected to be an exciting competition played by great student athletes.”
“SEFCU’s commitment to bettering the Capital Region community through its generosity and philanthropy is truly impressive,” said University at Albany Vice President and Director of Athletics Lee McElroy said. “UAlbany and SEFCU have been proud partners for many years and we are excited to team up again in order to deliver a first-rate championship to America East’s teams and student-athletes, its fans and the Capital Region.”
“SEFCU is a perfect partner for America East because its ideals, namely its commitment to community, which is expressed through its countless philanthropic donations each year, match so well with the message America East and our member institutions try to instill in our student-athletes as they develop into young leaders,” said Huchthausen.
This is the second time SEFCU has been the presenting sponsor for an America East Championship. The 2009 men’s basketball championship, which was also held at Albany, was presented by SEFCU. The credit union’s partnership with UAlbany goes back several years. The credit union and university entered into a 10-year naming rights agreement for SEFCU Arena in 2006.
About the America East Conference
Now in its fourth decade of operation, the America East Conference has evolved into one of the most comprehensive NCAA Division I conferences in the country with a commitment to broad-based, competitive athletics programs, complementing the academic integrity and missions of the member institutions. Progressive in its approach to its more than 3,400 student-athletes, America East recognizes champions in each of its 20 sports. America East also conducts the nation’s most comprehensive academic recognition program for student-athletes and collaborates on several community service initiatives throughout its geographic footprint each year. With members spanning from the Mid-Atlantic to Northeast regions of the United States, America East strives to develop champions in academics, athletics and leadership at its nine member institutions: University at Albany, Binghamton University, Boston University, University of Hartford, University of Maine, UMBC, University of New Hampshire, Stony Brook University and University of Vermont.
Established in 1934, today SEFCU is among the 50 largest credit unions in the U.S. with more than $2.4 billion in assets, over 230,000 members, and 45 branches in the Capital Region, Binghamton, Syracuse, and Buffalo. In addition to full service retail and commercial banking products and services, SEFCU is committed to supporting the community through the donation of time and talent of its staff and members, as well as monetary contributions to help people and make an impact in the communities it serves. Find us on Facebook® and follow us on Twitter®.