Citizens Bank newest Champion in Action

Philadelphia Outward Bound School was named a 2019 Champion in Action® in the category of youth leadership. The award, announced jointly by Citizens Bank, NBC10/Telemundo62 and Philadelphia Media Network, includes $35,000 in unrestricted funding, as well as promotional and volunteer support for the organization’s outstanding work.

Champions in Action is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank’s program designed to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local communities.

“Philadelphia Outward Bound School changes lives through challenge and discovery,” said Dan Fitzpatrick, President, Citizens Bank, Mid-Atlantic Region. “They are a true Champion in Action, inspiring character development, self-discovery, and service both in and out of the classroom.”

In partnership with NBC10/Telemundo62 and Philadelphia Media Network, the program provides support for nonprofit organizations to recognize their contributions to communities throughout the greater Philadelphia region. “NBC10 and Telemundo62 are pleased to recognize Philadelphia Outward Bound School for helping young people discover their true potential and realize that they are capable of more than they ever imagined,” said Ric Harris, President and General Manager of NBC10 and Telemundo62.

To date, the Champions in Action program has awarded 332 nonprofits across the bank’s footprint more than $9 million in contributions and promotional support. “Philadelphia Outward Bound School delivers powerful life lessons by encouraging participants to safely and confidently step outside of their comfort zones,” said Terrance C.Z. Egger, publisher and CEO of Philadelphia Media Network. “All of us at the Inquirer, Daily News and are proud to support Philadelphia Outward Bound School as our Champion in Action for Youth Leadership.”

In the greater Philadelphia region, 46 nonprofits have been honored as Champions in Action, receiving $1.3 million.

“We are grateful for the support and recognition from Citizens Bank, NBC10/Telemundo62 and Philadelphia Media Network,” said Meg Wise, Executive Director, Philadelphia Outward Bound School. “The Champions in Action award will help us deliver programs to students in under-resourced schools, nurture critical partnerships, and raise visibility to engage even more partners and students.”

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