Year Four: Centennial Bank Remains the Natural Fit
The mission, the dream and the commitment turned into reality on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, when Centennial Bank awarded 10 scholarships to gifted high school student athletes at it first awards luncheon in Conway.
That was just a part of the package when Centennial Bank agreed to a three-year commitment to serve as the “Titled Name Sponsor” for the Arkansas Activities Association for all regional and state championships.
*The Mission – to be active in the schools and communities throughout the state of Arkansas.
*The Dream – to help the financial needs of 10 student athletes with $1,000 scholarships.
*The commitment – to be a partner with the AAA for three years.
In its first year the Centennial Bank Athletic/Community Service Scholarship produced records for student participation (447) and member schools (142). During the 2015-2016 school year 544 students , from 173 member schools, participated in the scholarship program.
“When we first sat down to discuss this idea with Centennial Bank, I knew that we had a chance to partner with an organization that has been a great supporter of high school athletics and activities,” said AAA executive director Lance Taylor. “They also believed that our future depended on the success of our children.
“Centennial Bank is growing throughout our communities and around the country. We are excited about having this kind of relationship going into the future.”
The three-year agreement was made on August 6, 2014. The official announcement came before the AAA’s Governing Body meeting in Little Rock. Centennial Bank CEO Randy Sims spoke to the Statehouse Convention Center crowd.
“Centennial Bank is very proud to be the official sponsor for the AAA,” Sims said. “We now have over 80 locations throughout Arkansas and are the primary bank of most of the school systems in the markets we serve. We will see our logo on football and baseball fields, on all types of scoreboards, in gymnasiums, on school signs, our employees volunteering in classes, cooking hamburgers for games…all over the campuses and in every market.
“We are committed as Arkansas’s Community Bank to our schools in both time and resources almost to a fault. So it is only fitting that we join with the AAA as their official sponsor.”
Each school year the Centennial Bank State Championship Award is presented to 123 schools in the sports of football, boys basketball, girls basketball, boys cross country, girls cross country, volleyball, boys swimming, girls swimming, baseball, softball, boys track, girls track, boys golf, girls golf, boys tennis, girls tennis, boys soccer, girls soccer, boys bowling, girls bowling, wrestling, dance and cheer.
What makes Centennial Bank a near-perfect fit for the AAA?
*A community Bank with over 80 locations in Arkansas.
*Provides its customers with a mobile app to check their balance, pay bills, make a deposit or
to transfer funds.
*For school spirit, Centennial Bank has a school mascot debit card.
“We do not hand over the Titled Name Sponsor tag without some consideration,” Taylor said. “Centennial Bank is that natural fit.”