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Citizens Bank begins baseball glove drive for youths in Philadelphia

Phillies Rookie League players to benefit from donated baseball gloves

PHILADELPHIA             (May 12, 2009) - 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 Rookie 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 under 12 years old who participate in the Phillies Rookie League program.

“Citizens Bank has been supporting the Phillies Rookie 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 Eastern 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 an autographed Citizens Bank baseball glove signed 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.  

Surrounded by Rookie League coaches and players from the Tioga United Rookie League and the Ziehler Playground Rookie League, Chase Utley talked about the importance of giving children the opportunity to play baseball. “I am extremely happy to again be working with the Phillies Rookie 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 Rookie League was created to encourage inner city youths to participate in baseball programs and helps more than 5,000 children throughout Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware. Since 2005, Citizens Bank has purchased and collected more than 3,500 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. “Though uniforms and playing equipment are provided to leagues, gloves are something that are in high demand and it is wonderful to see Citizens Bank and the community stepping up to the plate for another year to help put gloves on Rookie League players' hands.”

About Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania

Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania is a state-chartered bank with dual headquarters in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. It has approximately 400 branches and more than 660 ATMs throughout Pennsylvania. It also operates 15 retail branches and 61 ATMs in southern New Jersey and a commercial loan office in Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $160 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I.

Citizens Financial Group, through its subsidiaries, has more than 1,500 branches, and approximately 3,600 ATMs and approximately 23,000 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. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc).