Hornets Annual Day of Service to Focus on Volunteer Projects Benefitting Military Personnel

Charlotte Hornets Foundation To Officially Add Military As One Of Its Four Pillars; Hornets And FOX Sports Carolinas And SportSouth To Make Major Donation To Central Piedmont Community College Veterans Employment Fund; Bank Of America Joins Hornets Day

June 16, 2014 – The Charlotte Hornets will “Swarm to Serve” as the entire organization, along with broadcast partner FOX Sports Carolinas and SportSouth and Bank of America, participates in its annual all-staff Day of Service on Monday, June 22. This year, the Hornets Day of Service will focus on projects benefiting military personnel in Charlotte. 

The Hornets Day of Service will tip off at 9:30 a.m. with a press conference in front of active and veteran military members at Central Piedmont Community College. Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan will be in attendance to officially announce the addition of a fourth pillar, military, to the Charlotte Hornets Foundation. Military support will join the foundation’s three current pillars: education, hunger and wellness.

The Hornets and SportSouth will also be making a major donation to CPCC’s Veterans Employment Fund. The grant has been earmarked for a co-op fund that will allow veterans the opportunity to pursue paid internships with companies throughout Charlotte while working toward their degree. These internships will provide veterans a chance to gain invaluable real world experience in a civilian field, while also earning an hourly wage to help support themselves and their families. The Hornets will also commit to extending an internship to a veteran applicant to tip off the program.

Bank of America’s participation in the Hornets Day of Service continues its support of programming for military veterans at CPCC. In September 2014, Bank of America helped launch the Bank of America Veteran Leadership Program, a mentoring initiative, and helped fund programming at CPCC’s Bank of America Center for Military Families and Veterans.

Following the tipoff event at CPCC, Hornets, SportSouth and Bank of America employees will participate in several volunteer projects in Charlotte benefitting military personnel. These projects will include working with Rebuilding Together and Purple Heart Homes to complete home repairs for John Drakeford, a deserving Vietnam veteran; partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank to pack 3,000 care kits – containing food essentials – for homeless veterans and veterans in need; and refurbishing The Veteran Resource Center at CPCC’s central campus with the help of Rodgers Builders. The volunteer activities will run from approximately 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., depending on the project.

“As an organization, we are excited to participate in our annual Hornets Day of Service in Charlotte,” said Hornets President & COO Fred Whitfield. “It is great to once again have such tremendous support from our partners at SportSouth and to be joined this year by Bank of America. We are thrilled to cement our commitment to the military by establishing it as the fourth pillar of the Charlotte Hornets Foundation and by making a donation to CPCC’s Veterans Employment Fund.  This will allow us to take our assistance to military personnel in the Carolinas to the next level, and our entire organization is looking forward to participating in several community projects that will benefit military veterans and their families.”   

“It is a privilege for FOX Sports and SportSouth to partner with Bank of America, CPCC and the Charlotte Hornets to honor and create educational advancement opportunities for our military men and women,” said Jeff Genthner, Senior Vice President and General Manager. “Our partnership with the Hornets extends far beyond the basketball court, and through our continued participation in the Hornets Day of Service efforts we can express our gratitude and appreciation for our hometown military personnel and their families.”

“Honoring and acknowledging our military’s service starts with ensuring that they have the tools and resources available to further their education, including access to career development opportunities,” said Charles Bowman, North Carolina and Charlotte president for Bank of America. “The Charlotte Hornets commitment to joining CPCC and Bank of America to help service members and veterans at the school will certainly add some excitement, as well as further the center’s mission of serving the educational needs of students transitioning from their service to their professional careers.” 

“Helping veterans make a successful transition from military to civilian life is a top priority for CPCC,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC President. “The Charlotte Hornets and SportSouth share a similar passion for assisting our military veterans. We thank the Hornets and SportSouth for their generous support and for shining a spotlight on CPCC’s veteran students and the college’s effort to ensure the future success of our veterans.”

About the Charlotte Hornets Foundation

Through the Charlotte Hornets Foundation, Hornets Sports & Entertainment is committed to inspiring a philanthropic culture and strengthening the Charlotte region through intentional partnerships, charitable giving and social projects in the areas of education, wellness and hunger. Hornets players, coaches and staff are actively engaged in the community, volunteering their time and efforts to serve these key areas.

About FOX Sports Carolinas and SportSouth

The FOX Sports regional networks serving the Southeast – FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Tennessee, FOX Sports Carolinas and SportSouth – collectively reach more than 13 million cable and satellite households in seven states across the Southeast.  They are the television home of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Dream, Atlanta Hawks, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte Hounds, Memphis Grizzlies, Nashville Predators, Cincinnati Reds, Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Pelicans, and St. Louis Cardinals, as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference, Conference USA, Southeastern Conference, and Big 12 Conference.  Combined, the four networks produce more than 800 live local events and televise more than 1400 live local events each year. For more information, please visit FOXSportsSouth.com, FOXSportsTennessee.com, and FOXSportsCarolinas.com. 

About Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 48 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 4,800 retail financial centers and approximately 15,900 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 31 million active users and approximately 17 million mobile users. Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and more than 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Visit the Bank of America newsroom for more Bank of America news.

About CPCC

Central Piedmont Community College is one of the largest community colleges in the Carolinas, offering nearly 300 degree, diploma and certification programs; customized corporate training; market-focused continuing education; and special interest classes. With six campuses, CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. CPCC responds to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies. Established in 1963, CPCC has provided more than 50 years of service to Mecklenburg County residents, business and industry. For more information, see www.cpcc.edu.

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