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Press Release | May

St. Thomas Athletics enters multi-year partnership with Wings Financial Credit Union

May 09, 2022
St. Paul, Minn. – St. Thomas Athletics and its multimedia rightsholder, Tommie Sports Properties, announced today it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Wings Financial Credit Union as the exclusive banking partner of St. Thomas Athletics. This integrated partnership will allow Wings Financial to serve as a lead sponsor in providing the opportunity to engage on a variety of programming across all 21 Tommie sports.  
 
“We are excited to partner with Wings Financial as the official banking partner of Tommie Athletics”, said Vice President, Director of athletics Dr. Phil Esten. “Wings is fully committed to the future of St. Thomas Athletics and the comprehensive student-athlete experience.  This partnership will allow us to continue our exciting transition to Division I athletics through further investments in enhanced fan experience programming, student and alumni engagement and community involvement.”
 
The Wings partnership will include a Tommies co-branded debit card, financial literacy programs for student athletes and integration into the Tommie Game Day experience.  The co-branded debit card will be available for Wings members beginning later this summer. Additionally, Wings will provide annual support directly to the 1904 Club, a fund directly supporting the mission of St. Thomas athletics.  
 
“Wings is looking forward to our partnership with Tommie Athletics to support student athletes and the broader community through our nationally recognized financial products and great service while reinforcing our commitment to higher education,” said John Wagner, Senior Vice President – Member Experience. “We look forward to engaging with students and the entire team at Tommie Athletics at many games and special events while having some fun at the same time. We’ll be developing programs unique to the St. Thomas community we hope students will find valuable.”
 
Wings Financial teamed up with Minnesota-based sports marketing firm - The Sports Consulting Team - to finalize the partnership. Wings and Tommie Athletics will kick off the new partnership at the Inaugural Purple Party presented by Wings Financial Credit Union on May 23rd at 7 Vines Vineyard. Fans and supporters still interested in attending the Purple Party can register HERE.
 
About Wings Financial
Wings Financial Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned credit union headquartered in Apple Valley, Minnesota. With assets of more than $7.8 billion, Wings is Minnesota’s largest credit union and serves over 330,000 members.  In 2021, Wings was named one of the top ten credit unions nationally by Gobankingrates.com, as well as a Star Tribune top workplace for the ninth consecutive year.
 
Wings members enjoy some of the area's best savings and lending rates, convenient mobile and online access, over 80,000 surcharge-free ATMs and 26 branch locations throughout the state of Minnesota, plus offices in Atlanta, Detroit, Orlando, and Seattle. Founded in 1938, Wings’ membership eligibility has grown to include anyone who lives or works in 34 Minnesota and Wisconsin counties, plus broader eligibility options. You can learn more about Wings by visiting their website at wingsfinancial.com
 
About St. Thomas
The University of St. Thomas is a comprehensive Catholic university located in St. Paul, Minn. It’s home to more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, St. Thomas has established itself as the largest private institution in the state of Minnesota. Tommie Athletics is believed to be the first in the modern era of the NCAA to reclassify directly from Division III to Division I. St. Thomas fields 21 varsity sports and are members of the Summit League, Pioneer Football League, Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
 
About Tommie Sports Properties
Tommie Sports Properties encompasses a combined staff focused on ticket sales and service, as well as comprehensive multimedia rights, all entirely dedicated to representing St. Thomas. This team is integrated alongside Dr. Esten’s administration and manages a corporate partner platform to elevate opportunities for local, regional and national businesses of all sizes wanting to align with the Tommies.
 
Follow the Tommies
Keep up with all of the latest news in Tommie athletics by following us on Twitter (@tommieathletics), Instagram (@tommieathletics), or Facebook (/tommieathletics).
 
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