New York, September 19, 2019 – Through its sponsorship of the Laureus Foundation, MUFG last week demonstrated its support for youth from disadvantaged communities over a two-day period by supporting events celebrating the theme of “women in leadership.”
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., or MUFG, is one of the world’s leading financial groups. Laureus is an international non-profit organization that uses sport as a tool for social change.
A Day of Service with Figure Skating in Harlem
On September 9, representatives of MUFG’s inclusion and diversity initiative joined Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley, CEO of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, to attend a day of service hosted by Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH), a Laureus partner dedicated to strengthening leadership skills among young women of color. Also attending were Olympic gold medalists Nadia Comăneci and Meryl Davis, who participated alongside MUFG employees in a series of group activities with girls at FSH’s after-school facility.
“Sports gave me a platform at a time of few opportunities for women, and though we’ve made progress over the years, there’s still room for improvement,” said Ms. Comăneci, who is also a Laureus Academy member. “In supporting Laureus, sponsors like MUFG can help girls get a sense of direction in the early stages of life that they might not have otherwise had without sports.”
The program concluded with female leaders from MUFG presenting a $10,000 donation to FSH and offering words of inspiration to the girls in the audience.
Sponsorship of Fashion Show Gala and Fundraiser
On September 10, MUFG sponsored the Laureus USA 2019 Fashion Show Gala and Fundraiser in Midtown Manhattan featuring Olympians and star athletes who walked the runway in support of the mission to improve the lives of youth. Among the sports stars were: Mses. Comăneci and Davis; Olympic medalists Edwin Moses, Sanya Richards-Ross, Monica Aksamit, Haley Anderson and Hilary Knight; gymnast Katelyn Ohashi; and World Rugby Hall of Famer Phaidra Knight. Marcus Allen, a pro football Hall of Famer, and Eddie George, a former Heisman Trophy winner, also participated in the event.
“There is a lot happening beneath the surface that is empowering girls and young women to fulfill their potential, and I think we will witness major progress within a generation,” said Ms. Fitzgerald-Mosley. “The MUFG partnership with Laureus is one prime example of how we can enable girls to access leadership programs, gain exposure to role models, and develop the confidence they need to mature into adulthood successfully.”
MUFG amplified its presence at the gala by sponsoring a VIP lounge attended by MUFG Regional Executive for the Americas Stephen Cummings, a host of senior-level MUFG female professionals, and rising female stars from several of the bank’s corporate clients.
“We are here to support the up-and-coming generation of future female leaders and to acknowledge the women—both clients and colleagues—who have already achieved success in their careers,” said Mr. Cummings. “That’s what makes this gala such a unique and meaningful client event.”
Earlier this year, MUFG participated as a sponsor at the Laureus Youth Leadership Summit in Los Angeles, which took place on July 8 and 9.
About Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.’s U.S. Operations including MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation
The U.S. operations of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG), one of the world’s leading financial groups, has total assets of $334.3 billion at June 30, 2019. As part of that total, MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation (MUAH), a financial holding company, bank holding company and intermediate holding company, has total assets of $172.0 billion at June 30, 2019. MUAH’s main subsidiaries are MUFG Union Bank, N.A. and MUFG Securities Americas Inc. MUFG Union Bank, N.A. provides a wide range of financial services to consumers, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. As of June 30, 2019, MUFG Union Bank, N.A. operated 350 branches, consisting primarily of retail banking branches in the West Coast states, along with commercial branches in Texas, Illinois, New York and Georgia, as well as 22 PurePoint® Financial Centers.
MUFG Securities Americas Inc. is a registered securities broker-dealer which engages in capital markets origination transactions, private placements, collateralized financings, securities borrowing and lending transactions, and domestic and foreign debt and equities securities transactions. MUAH is owned by MUFG Bank, Ltd. and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. MUFG Bank, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., has offices in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, and Canada. Visit https://www.unionbank.com or www.mufgamericas.com for more information.
About MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.)
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG) is one of the world’s leading financial groups. Headquartered in Tokyo, and with over 360 years of history, MUFG has a global network of approximately 3,000 locations in more than 50 markets. The Group has over 180,000 employees and offers services including commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, and leasing. The Group aims to “be the world’s most trusted financial group” through close collaboration among our operating companies and flexibly respond to all of the financial needs of our customers, serving society, and fostering shared and sustainable growth for a better world. MUFG’s shares trade on the Tokyo, Nagoya, and New York stock exchanges. For more information, visit https://www.mufg.jp/english.
About the Laureus Foundation
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA believes that sport has the power to change the world, as proclaimed by our founding patron Nelson Mandela. We are a grant-making, nonprofit organization that supports the growth and deepens the impact of 50 sport and youth development organizations nationwide. Through our Sport for Good Cities initiative, we unite communities to challenge the inequities facing underserved youth through the power of sport. Our local investments in cities improve the lives of more than 400,000 kids annually. Laureus USA is a proud member of the global Laureus network, which includes nine national Laureus Sport for Good Foundations, the Laureus World Sports Academy, and the Laureus World Sports Awards. Learn more about Sport for Good at http://www.LaureusUSA.com