Holiday Hoopsgiving 2021 Announces a Partner Sponsor, the African-American Credit Union Coalition

ATLANTA, GA - Holiday Hoopsgiving 2021 announced today that the African-American Credit Union Coalition, a non-profit organization of African-American professionals and volunteers in the credit union industry, has signed as a Sponsor for the second annual premier men’s college basketball event. It will be held at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, home of the NBA Atlanta Hawks, on December 11th. The event will feature four college neutral-court games with some of the nation’s top collegiate basketball programs. “We are excited to have the African-American Credit Union Coalition join the Holiday Hoopsgiving family. Our foundations and visions for the communities we are passionate about align well together and their support for our inaugural year of the collegiate portion of the event means so much to us,” said Chris Williams, Owner, The VII Group. Holiday Hoopsgiving will be televised live on ESPN Networks. “AACUC'S connection to college students began shortly before I was a part of the organization. I was hired to run the Reaching Toward the Future Internship Program. At AACUC, college students and young professionals are an important part of our mission. We are proud to extend our reach with the VII Group. This is a great way to help build true equity and financial inclusion. Providing Financial Literacy is the key to success.” - Renee Sattiewhite On Saturday, December 11th, Holiday Hoopsgiving and its partner, the African American Credit Union will tip-off with Auburn vs. Nebraska, followed by Clemson vs. Drake, LSU vs. GA Tech and ending with Western Kentucky vs. Ole Miss.

About The VII Group

The VII Group is a full-service consulting agency that delivers exceptional experiences for all participating teams and phenomenal fan memories for any spectators through specialized strategy and event identity plans. The VII Group is the mastermind behind events such as the number one ranking high school Thanksgiving tournament, Holiday Hoopsgiving, with the addition of two other high school events; Braggin’ Rights held in Huntsville, AL & The Emerald Coast 16 held in beautiful Northwest Florida. The VII Group also partners with Play for Orange, a nonprofit developed by the founder of both organizations to support the patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

About the AACUC

The African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) was created to increase the strength of the global credit union community. We are a non-profit organization of African-American professionals and volunteers in the credit union industry. The AACUC is also a proud recipient of the anchor award from the National Credit Union Foundation. AACUC was formally established and incorporated in St. Louis, Missouri in 1999. AACUC was first conceived by a few visionaries during the annual CUNA Governmental Affairs Conferences in Washington, D.C. Prior to its formation, African-American credit union professionals had organized social meetings to discuss how to form the AACUC. When African-American credit union professionals and volunteers from different parts of the country began to discover the value of information sharing among each other, these visionaries held their first formal organizational meeting at Andrews Federal Credit Union in Suitland, MD. Over the years, AACUC has grown and is ever-changing to meet the needs of the dynamic credit union community which it serves. It has become an all-encompassing organization for individuals (professional and volunteers) in Credit Unions, Insurance, Regulators, Consultants, and other entities in the credit union industry. Affiliation with AACUC offers a unique opportunity to influence and shape the credit union movement and its governmental affairs. AACUC promotes the personal and professional growth of its members as well as collectively articulating concerns and advocating resources to improve the economic development of surrounding communities that are often under-served by majority financial institutions. AACUC supports programs that offer benefits for African-American credit union professionals and volunteers, credit unions, and credit union vendor partners. The goals and objectives include expanding the interest and increasing the number of minorities in the credit union movement; increasing outreach of the credit union movement in African countries and the United States through credit union mentoring, providing scholarship programs and educational opportunities to credit union professionals and volunteers towards professional development and advancement, and most importantly enhancing internship and scholarship programs for African-American college students in pursuit of financial services careers to introduce them to, and encourage them to seek employment within the credit union movement.