LOS ANGELES and SOUTH BEND, Ind. (11/12/14)--If it's November, it's time for traditional college football rivalries, and one of those classic matchups will provide inspiration for two credit unions to engage in a friendly competition with credit applications.
USC CU, Los Angeles, with $390 million in assets, is ready to take on Notre Dame FCU, South Bend, Ind., with $479 million in assets, for the second annual $10,000 Charity Challenge. This year the challenge is to get the most auto loan applications before the USC vs. Notre game kicks off Nov. 29.
In last year's inaugural competition, Notre Dame FCU President/CEO Tom Gryp challenged USC CU President/CEO Gary Perez to see which credit union could acquire the most credit card applications. Both credit unions contributed $5,000 towards the prize. In the end, USC CU won and awarded $10,000 to USC Troy Camp, a student-run philanthropic organization that provides long-term mentorship for students in South Los Angeles.
This year, USC CU has chosen USC Good Neighbors as its charity. Good Neighbors is celebrating their 20th anniversary and has set a goal is to reach $2 million in funds raised this year. Good Neighbors provides financial support to university-community partnerships involving collaboration between USC faculty and staff and local nonprofit organizations.
"The football rivalry goes deep and now we've started our own tradition with our friends at Notre Dame FCU," Perez said.
For the second year in a row, Notre Dame FCU has selected Kelly Cares Foundation as its charity. The foundation was established by Brian Kelly, head football coach of the University of Notre Dame, and his wife, Paqui. The foundation supports organizations, initiatives and programs that closely align with goals and values of the Kelly family in three main pillars: health, education and community.
"We're hoping we're going to take the trophy this year," Sandie Lieberg, Notre Dame FCU marketing director, told News Now. "We want that $10,000 for our charity."