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Citizens Bank begins baseball glove drive in Philadelphia

Phillies Jr. RBI League players to benefit from donated baseball gloves

PHILADELPHIA (May 18, 2010) - Citizens Bank, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Phillies and Second Baseman Chase Utley, is once again launching the Citizens Bank Helping Hands glove donation program to assist children who play in the Philadelphia Phillies Jr. RBI League. Beginning today, new or gently used baseball gloves will be collected throughout the season at the Citizens Bank kiosk in Ashburn Alley at Citizens Bank Park to benefit children 12 years old or younger who participate in the Phillies Jr. RBI League program.

"Citizens Bank has been supporting the Phillies Jr. RBI League since 2002 and we believe the partnership plays a vital role in helping inner-city children who want to play baseball," said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, Citizens Bank President and CEO for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. "With the help of Chase Utley and Phillies fans, many more children will have the tools they need to get in the game and play America’s favorite pastime."

As a special incentive, anyone donating a baseball glove may choose to complete an entry form for a chance to win a baseball glove autographed by Chase Utley. Official contest rules, including the alternate mail-in method of entry, are available at the Citizens Bank kiosk located in Ashburn Alley at Citizens Bank Park.

"I am extremely happy to again be working with the Phillies Jr. RBI League program," said Utley. "Once again, more children than ever will be able to play the great game of baseball with their own glove because of the Citizens Bank Helping Hands glove donation program."

The Jr. RBI League was created to encourage inner-city youth to participate in baseball programs and helps more than 7,000 children throughout Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware. Since 2005, Citizens Bank has purchased and collected more than 3,800 baseball gloves for children.

"Citizens Bank has been a wonderful partner in helping the Phillies to promote baseball and softball to inner-city children," said Jon Joaquin, Coordinator, Fan Development for the Philadelphia Phillies. "Although uniforms and playing equipment are provided to leagues, baseball gloves are something that are in high demand, especially because the Jr. RBI League program keeps expanding. It is wonderful to see Citizens Bank and Phillies fans step up to the plate for another year to help put gloves on the hands of Jr. RBI League players."

Citizens Bank and the Phillies collaborate throughout the season to deliver donated gloves to children who play in the Phillies Jr. RBI League.

In addition to providing uniforms and donating gloves to children throughout the season, Citizens Bank also supports the Jr. RBI League program with field clean-ups and its annual carnival at Citizens Bank Park.

About Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania

Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania is a state-chartered bank with dual headquarters in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. It has 383 branches and 657 ATMs throughout Pennsylvania. It also operates 15 retail branches and 65 ATMs in southern New Jersey and a commercial loan office in Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $144 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I.

Citizens Financial Group, through its subsidiaries, has more than 1,500 branches, and approximately 3,500 ATMs and approximately 22,700 employees. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc).