DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire athletics and its multimedia rights partner, Wildcat Sports Properties, announced today that long-time corporate partner Service Credit Union has extended its commitment to the Wildcats for another five years.

Portsmouth-based Service Credit Union founded in 1957, provides financial services to over 175,000 members residing all across the U.S. and around the world. A dedicated corporate partner since the Wildcats’ 2008-09 athletic season, Service Credit Union starts off the 2013-14 season this month with a renewed and enhanced partnership that extends through 2018-19.

Fans, alumni and the campus community will notice visible enhancements as part of Service Credit Union’s heightened relationship. In addition to having exclusive use of UNH Athletics’ marks to launch an “Official Debit Card of the UNH Wildcats”, Service Credit Union is placing a deposit-taking ATM machine in the UNH Field House and will receive prominent signage in various on-campus venues. Service Credit Union will also sponsor a brand new T-shirt cannon and will receive brand exposure across multiple UNH Athletics’ mediums including radio, television and the official athletics website, www.UNHWildcats.com.

The Official Debit Card of the UNH Wildcats will be available at any Service Credit Union branch and online through Service Credit Union’s MyCardDesign program with any Service Credit Union checking account including the new Student Checking account.

Service Credit Union staff will be on hand at numerous UNH sporting events with free giveaways and information about the Official Debit Card of the UNH Wildcats, Student Checking and other checking accounts, and information about its financial education program, Balance Financial Fitness.

“Service Credit Union is honored to be associated with a great educational institution like the University of New Hampshire,” says Gordon Simmons, President/CEO of Service Credit Union. “Financial education has always been at the cornerstone of our philanthropic efforts. Service Credit Union found this to be a great opportunity to reach college students with our robust financial education program.”

“Service Credit Union is a highly valued partner of UNH athletics and their new debit card initiative is a fabulous addition to an already great program,” said UNH Athletic Director Marty Scarano. “We are very appreciative of their support of UNH and look forward to many more years of working with them.”

Service Credit Union is a full service financial institution, offering a wide range of financial products to its members. With 42 branch locations including two staffed 24/7 contact centers, and full internet banking services, Service Credit Union serves anyone who lives or works in New Hampshire (excluding Coos County), 4 towns in Cape Cod, MA., and all branches of the U.S. Military and Department of Defense employees and their families. With over $2.3 billion in assets, Service Credit Union has 24 branches in New Hampshire, one in Massachusetts, and 17 branches on U.S. military bases in Germany.

Wildcat Sports Properties is a property of Learfield Sports, which manages multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions and associations and titles the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup with co-founders NACDA and USA Today. Its exclusive sports programming reaches more than 50 million television households nationally and delivers nearly 17,000 hours of radio programming on more than 1,100 radio stations. To learn more about Learfield’s 40-year history, comprehensive collegiate portfolio, and involvement with collegiate ticketing or concessions, visit www.learfieldsports.com.