BURLINGTON, Vt. – University of Vermont Athletics and Learfield Sports’ Vermont Sports Properties announced today a multi-year partnership with Vermont Mutual Insurance Group.

The relationship calls for the company to be an official partner of Vermont Athletics, marking a first-of-its-kind between the two parties. It will focus on support of Catamount Athletics through in-venue signage at Patrick Gymnasium and Gutterson Fieldhouse. Vermont Mutual will also be featured in-game and have a presence on CatamounTV and gameday radio broadcasts throughout the duration of the three-year partnership.

“As Vermont’s oldest insurance company, we’re proud to partner with UVM, one of the state’s oldest higher education institutions,” said Vermont Mutual Insurance President and CEO Daniel C. Bridge. “We’ve been fortunate at Vermont Mutual to receive national recognition for our sustained high performance and financial stability, so it seemed like a great match to enter into a sponsorship agreement with UVM, an institution that also enjoys national recognition for its accomplishments both in and outside of the classroom.”

Vermont Mutual has also become a Victory Club member, which provides resources to directly benefit the over 400 Catamount student-athletes.

“We’re thrilled to have Vermont Mutual joining our group of corporate sponsors, especially since this is their first venture into collegiate athletic sponsorships” said UVM Athletic Director Dr. Robert Corran. “We’re confident this partnership will provide great exposure for Vermont Mutual while providing exceptional benefits to Catamount Athletics, the Victory Club and Catamount student-athletes.”

Chartered in 1828, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group® is one of the ten oldest mutual property/casualty insurers in the United States. They have operated continuously since that time in Montpelier, VT. Along with the wholly owned subsidiary, Northern Security Insurance Company, Inc. and the affiliated Granite Mutual Insurance Company, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group provides coverage throughout the Northeast. With more than 800 independent agency office locations, the Group insures over 285,000 policyholders with a direct written premium of more than $380,000,000. Rated “A+ Superior” by A. M. Best and a Ward’s Top 50 performing property/casualty for the past seven consecutive years.

In addition to Vermont, Learfield Sports manages the multimedia rights for nearly 120 collegiate properties. The Company has more than four decades of developing trusted, long-term relationships with some of the most revered institutions and associations in the world of college sports, and titles the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup with award co-founders NACDA and USA Today. For more information about its history, businesses and job opportunities, visit www.learfieldsports.com.