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April 1st, 2010
San Marcos academy to rename athletic facilities for credit union

A+ Federal Credit Union and San Marcos Academy officials celebrated a sponsorship agreement benefiting the academy's athletic program. Representing the credit union were Cheryl Belk; San Marcos Branch Manager Lisa Mae Delgado; Kim Zerinque, Jeannette Freitag, Stella Contreras and Kerry Parker, CEO. Also on hand from San Marcos Academy were head football coach Les Davis; athletic director Toby Wade; special assistant for athletic development Ronald Oswalt. PHOTO by DON ANDERS

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San Marcos Academy will rename its football, baseball and softball venues under a corporate sponsorship agreement struck this week with A+ Federal Credit Union.

The Bears will open their 2010 football season under Head Coach Les Davis in the Ingram/A+ FCU Stadium, starting with their first home game Sept. 3 versus the Brooks Academy Bengals of San Antonio. The Academy baseball and softball facilities will also carry the A+ name and logo.

Special Assistant for Athletic Development Ronald Oswalt announced the partnership with A+ to staff and faculty.

“SMA, one of the premier educational institutions in Central Texas, and A+ Federal Credit Union have joined forces in a naming rights corporate sponsorship that will benefit Academy students, faculty and staff. This will be tasteful, it will be colorful, and it will be in keeping with the character and rich traditions of San Marcos Academy,” Oswalt said.

The credit union’s chief executive officer, Kerry A.S. Parker, praised the school as an economic and educational engine for the area.

“We look forward to partnering with SMA both athletically and academically,” Parker said. Keeping in tradition with how it was created over 60 years ago, A+ will also provide free financial education in SMA classrooms.

Athletic Director Toby Wade said, “A football game is not just a game. It’s everybody coming together and celebrating the heritage of this school and what it’s contributed to the city of San Marcos.”

SMA officials are touting the A+ FCU partnership as an “anchor donation” that will inspire other corporations and individuals to get involved with the school’s new Bear Club.

More than 25 corporate partners have joined the Bear Club so far. Information on sponsorship opportunities is available on the school Web site here.

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