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Community Boating Center Honored as 2012 Champion in Action

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –Citizens Bank and NBC 10 has named Community Boating Center in Providence the first 2012 Champion in Action® in the category of youth initiatives. Community Boating Center will receive a $35,000 unrestricted grant, media coverage, and extensive promotional and volunteer support for its outstanding work.

The boating center will use the grant to grow its after-school and full-day summer camp sessions, provide youth with “Sailorship” scholarships and build initiatives that expand water-based activities as an alternative to static out-of-school activities.

“Citizens Bank is pleased to name Community Boating Center the newest Champion in Action in the youth initiative category,” said Ned Handy, President, Citizens Bank, Rhode Island and Connecticut. “This award will help Community Boating Center continue to offer dynamic educational programs linking youth to sailing, boating and the environment.”

“NBC is proud to recognize Community Boating Center for its programs that promote building self-esteem and teamwork, and advance environmental awareness,” said Vic Vetters, Vice President and General Manager of NBC 10. “Through its initiatives, youth develop lifelong problem-solving, critical-thinking, and leadership skills. We are pleased to name it a Champion in Action.”

Launched in 2002, Champions in Action is a joint initiative of Citizens Bank and NBC 10 to recognize and support nonprofit organizations for their contributions to Rhode Island communities. The year 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the program, which has awarded nearly $1 million in grants and promotional support to 38 nonprofits in Rhode Island.

Community Boating Center provides a wide array of educational programs, including:

As a Champion in Action, Community Boating Center will receive:

“It is a tremendous honor for our organization to be selected as a Champion in Action,” said John O’Flaherty, Executive Director of Community Boating Center. “The award will provide youth the opportunity to learn respect for the wind, the water, and each other while experiencing Rhode Island’s greatest resource, Narragansett Bay.”

About Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 83 branches and 200 ATMs in Rhode Island.

RBS Citizens, N.A., is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $131 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and, through its subsidiaries, has more than 1,500 branches, approximately 3,900 ATMs and more than 20,000 colleagues. Its 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 more than 30 states. CFG is owned by RBS (the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG’s website is   

About NBC 10
WJAR-TV/DT is the most watched television station in the Providence-New Bedford television market, and NBC 10 News is southern New England’s leading news station. WJAR was first launched as a radio station in 1922 and then became the market’s first television station in 1949. WJAR-TV/DT is owned by Media General, Inc.

Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront. Gifts of cash or property to CBC may be treated as charitable donations for Federal Tax purposes.

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For additional information contact:

John O'Flaherty
Executive Director
Community Boating Center
tel: 401.454.SAIL (7245)