JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 12, 2016) –The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Monday that Eastman Credit Union has agreed to be the game sponsor for the historic Buccaneers’ men’s basketball game against the University of Tennessee on Dec. 22 at Freedom Hall.
The game – which will be the first meeting between the two schools in Johnson City since 1963 when the Vols escaped with a 48-47 win – was announced as a sellout last week and promises to be one of the seminal moments in the history of the ETSU athletics program.
“We are extremely grateful and thank Eastman Credit Union for their sponsorship of this historic event,” said ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Richard Sander. “The support of Eastman Credit Union will help take this game to an even higher level and once again shows the importance of having strong relationships with the local business community. Without partners like Eastman Credit Union, we can’t reach our goal of Excellence Every Day.”
“ECU is a proud supporter of ETSU and all of the amazing work they do to provide quality education and athletic programs to the people of our region,” said Olan Jones, CEO and president of ECU.
“Over the years, we have supported the pharmacy school, the Gray fossil site, ETSU athletics, the Fine Arts Center campaign, and much more. Part of our role as a not-for-profit credit union is to support the communities we serve. ECU’s board of directors understands the importance of education and the economic impact that is made by such strong and worthy programs,” said Jones.
“We’re excited about this game, how relationships like the one we share with ETSU impact our region, and what this game means to ETSU athletics. We have a lot to celebrate – the approaching holidays, this partnership with ETSU, and we just announced our record-breaking $12 million Extraordinary Dividend to be given back to our members in January. I think it goes without saying that ECU truly cares about our members and the communities we serve,” commented Jones.
The Bucs and Volunteers have met on the hardwood 13 times, with ETSU winning back-to-back games in Knoxville during the 1989-90 and 1991-92 seasons. Tennessee has made four visits to Johnson City in the series, but the Vols have not visited ETSU since Dec. 9, 1963.
For more on ETSU men’s basketball throughout the 2016-17 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s hoops link.