A First-of-its-kind sponsorship for UMaine Athletics

BANGOR, Maine – UMaine Athletics and Black Bear Sports Properties, its exclusive multimedia rights holder, announced today that Bangor Savings Bank will be presenting sponsor of UMaine women’s basketball for the 2015-16 season.

UMaine Women's Basketball, presented by Bangor Savings BankBangor Savings Bank is using this first-of-its-kind sponsorship to heighten the awareness and support of women’s basketball, and increase opportunities and encourage participation of girls and young women in athletics across the state. The company will support free youth clinics throughout the year, to be overseen by the UMaine women’s basketball program, to provide opportunities for further participation.

“This is an exciting time for women’s athletics and Maine women’s basketball specifically,” said University of Maine Director of Athletics Karlton Creech. “We are proud to be able to work with such a great partner who understands this focus on women’s athletics and make a concerted effort to support our programs and future athletes across the state.”

“Bangor Savings Bank is a trusted community member, and we are thrilled to have them join as a corporate sponsor in such a significant way,” said University of Maine President Susan Hunter.
In an effort to promote further participation in the game among female youth, Bangor Savings Bank will back the “Guest Ball Kids Program” and provide T-shirts to those girls. The company will also provide game tickets to local non-profits whose primary focus is serving girls in the community.

“We are excited to partner with UMaine Athletics and the women’s basketball program, and make an effort to get female youth excited about the sport and participation in athletics,” said Bangor Savings Bank President and CEO. “Our youth is our future, and we want to support the next generation to be well-rounded individuals and the best they can be.”

In addition to serving as presenting sponsor of the women’s basketball program, Bangor Savings Bank will implement a season-long scoring challenge. For every point scored by the Black Bears, Bangor Savings Bank will donate two dollars back to the basketball program.

“We are thankful to have the support of Bangor Savings Bank and look forward to the heightened participation of Maine’s female youth,” said University of Maine Head Women’s Basketball Coach Richard Barron. “It’s a great time to be a Black Bear and part of the Maine athletic program.”

Black Bear Sports Properties is a property of Learfield Sports, which manages the multimedia rights and sponsorships for nearly 120 collegiate institutions and associations. The company also titles the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup and represents collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas for their respective multimedia rights and sponsorship initiatives. Learfield offers these partners with professional concessions and ticket sales, licensing and trademark consulting, digital platform expertise and venue and technology systems through its owned companies. To learn more about its history, businesses and job opportunities, visit www.learfieldsports.com.