Officials pose by signage for the Virginia Credit Union Fields at Striker Park Officials pose by signage for the Virginia Credit Union Fields at Striker Park. (Photo: The 288 Group)

Two credit unions recently formed partnerships that will enable them to showcase their brand to local athletes and sports fans. In Richmond, Va., the fields at the youth soccer non-profit Richmond Strikers’ Striker Park are now called Virginia Credit Union Fields at Striker Park, and in Cheyenne, Wyo., a new facility at a community college will be named the Blue Federal Credit Union Recreation & Athletics Complex.

The $5 billion, North Chesterfield, Va.-based Virginia Credit Union’s partnership with the Richmond Strikers not only places the credit union’s name on 11 soccer fields utilized by Strikers players, but expands access to youth soccer for local children, teens and families, according to a Tuesday announcement from both organizations. Funding from Virginia CU will help the Strikers expand their programming as well as provide more than $50,000 per year in scholarships, which will help cover program costs for around 75 young athletes.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.

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