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Vasek Pospisil Becomes a Co-Ambassador of National Bank's On the Ball program

Montreal, 7 July 2014 -

National Bank, in partnership with Tennis Canada, is proud to announce that 2014 Wimbledon Gentlemen's Doubles champion Vasek Pospisil has become an ambassador of On the Ball, a program that recycles used tennis balls to create noise-free classrooms that are more conducive to learning. Pospisil, currently ranked among the top 40 players in the world, will join professional tennis player Aleksandra Wozniak as a program spokesperson.

The BC native's power and exceptional performance on the tennis court have made him a high profile player. Ranked 2nd in Canada in singles and doubles, he is the epitome of determination, discipline and excellence—all values that the Bank promotes through its youth initiatives.

“I’m thrilled to be working with National Bank for its On the Ball initiative,” said Pospisil. “It’s important to foster a learning environment for children that promotes concentration, and the On the Ball program is an ideal way to do just that."

Since its launch eight years ago, National Bank's On the Ball program has distributed more than 880,000 used tennis balls to schools in Quebec and Ontario. National Bank branches in both provinces and partnering tennis clubs are part of this initiative.

How the program works:

  • Tennis clubs (17 in Quebec and 12 in Ontario) have agreed to team up with the On the Ball program, placing bins where members can donate their used tennis balls.
  • Spectators at tournaments sponsored by the Bank can also donate used balls in the bins placed on the tournament site.
  • The tennis balls collected are then distributed to schools for use as chair slippers to reduce noise levels.

Some impressive stats:

  • More than 880,000 balls have been collected since the On the Ball program was created in 2006.
  • In 2013, 185,000 tennis balls were collected for distribution to nearly 150 schools in Quebec and Ontario.

For more information on the program, please visit www.nbc.ca/ontheball.

Canada's tennis bank – making headlines in 2014:

  • From July 5 to 13, 2014, the Outaouais region will host the very first edition of the Gatineau National Bank Challenger. Former professional tennis player Marie-Ève Pelletier of Repentigny, Quebec, who reached a career high ranking of 105 in singles and 54 in doubles, will be the guest of honour at this inaugural edition.
  • The Bank is the new title sponsor of the Bell Challenge in Quebec City, which will now be known as the National Bank Cup, presented by Bell. The first edition of this international tournament under its new name will take place from September 6 to 14, 2014 at the sports complex at Université Laval.

Each year, National Bank supports hundreds of Canadian organizations through donations and sponsorships. It is particularly committed to young people through its One for Youth program, ensuring they are healthy and have the tools they need to become engaged citizens committed to building a better world. Thanks to its youth program and various key projects to promote entrepreneurship, diversity and culture, National Bank received the Outstanding Enterprise of the Year in Philanthropy award in the “over 250 employees” category from the Quebec chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. To learn more about the initiatives supported by the Bank and its employees, visit youthnationalbank.ca.

About National Bank of Canada
With $194 billion in assets as at April 30, 2014, National Bank of Canada (www.nbc.ca), together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada’s leading integrated financial groups. The Bank has close to 20,000 employees and is widely recognized as a top employer. Its securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:NA). Follow the Bank’s activities via social media and learn more about its extensive community involvement at clearfacts.ca and commitment.nationalbank.ca.

Information (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives.):

Jean-François Lauzon
Advisor – Public Affairs
National Bank
Tel.: 514-394-6097