WASHINGTON (9/12/14)--No strikeouts here--just solid home runs by credit unions as they celebrate the movement's 100 million memberships milestone at big league baseball parks.
Sunday has been designated as Credit Union Day at U.S. Cellular Field when the Chicago White Sox take on the Minnesota Twins at its home ball park. Look for Illinois Credit Union League President/CEO Sean Hession to take the mic for the singing of the "National Anthem." Hession is a former principal first tenor and tenor soloist for the National Men's Chorus in Washington, D.C.
The game also will honor World War II veteran Dick Lockhart as "Hero of the Game." Lockhart has been a lobbyist for the league for more than 50 years.
The hits keep coming Tuesday when the Baltimore Orioles host the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards for "100 Million Membership Day." Ticketholders get a 100 million memberships T-shirt to wear at the game, too.
For the Washington Nationals home game vs. the Florida Marlins Sept. 26, the Credit Union National Association and other credit union sponsors will have a giveaway for game-goers, a booth inside the stadium to educate spectators about credit unions and the credit union difference, and between-innings announcements that focus on the milestone.
Nationwide, credit union leagues have teamed up with local minor league teams to celebrate as well. Utah Credit Union Association President/CEO Scott Simpson tossed the first pitch at the Aug. 9 Salt Lake Bees vs. the El Paso (Texas) Chihuahuas game (News Now Aug. 14)
In early August, CUNA sponsored another entertaining event---a food-truck festival called Truckeroo where CUNA staff and credit union volunteers distributed "Credit unions are a smarter choice" T-shirts and slap koozies to keep beverages cold (News Now Aug. 11).
All of the activities have been celebrating the 100 millionth membership which occurred in June, according to CUNA credit union data.