Bank of America and Spokane Hoopfest team up to provide workforce experience for interns

Many believe that Spokane Hoopfest is tasked with the opportunity to create the largest 3on3 basketball tournament in the world. While we love hoops, we love our community even more. And partnering with companies who also believe in investing in the community is how we like to do business!

Bank of America is committed to improving the financial lives of customers for over 2oo years. By focusing on environmental, social and governance leadership, the company is able to fulfill their purpose. A global company, Bank of America partners with 47 million people in more than 35 countries. Serving a large, international community is something that our organization and Bank of America have in common.

“Hoopfest would not be able to accomplish such a massive event that brings together people from all over the world without our sponsors and volunteers,” explains Bailee Neyland, Hoopfest’s Director of Brand Strategy and Business Development. “Each year, we have numerous interns who volunteer their time a few days a week to not only be a part of the organization, but to also gain valuable experience in a working environment.”

Hoopfest 2017 Interns, Lauren Helmbrecht and Darby O’Leary, were members of our Digital Street Team (DST) and assigned to capture the magic of Hoopfest Weekend.

As one of Hoopfest’s Official Sponsors, Bank of America already assists our organization in planning, preparing and pulling off the Best Basketball Weekend on Earth. This year, they decided to team up with Hoopfest to impact the futures of young adults in our area high schools who become Hoopfest Interns.

With each new Hoopfest season, a new group of interns becomes a part of our team. With the help of Bank of America, interns will now receive financial literacy training from local Bank of America employees, which will help the interns practice “Better Money Habits” for the future.

“The Bank of America Charitable Foundation and Spokane Hoopfest are connecting youth and young adults in the Spokane community with opportunities to succeed by providing paid internships for local teens, ages 16-19,” explains Jeremey Williams, the Senior Vice President and Market Manager at Bank of America.

Interns will be working at the Hoopfest office, where they will have the opportunity to develop workforce skills and build their resume while earning what, for many, may be their first paycheck.

“We’re excited to extend our partnership with Bank of America in a way that positively impacts teens and young adults,” expresses Bailee. “While our Official Sponsor is generously supporting these efforts financially, Hoopfest plans to do its part by providing interns workforce experience and organizational management to help them succeed, regardless of their career path.”

If you’re interested in becoming a Hoopfest intern and utilizing the Bank of America Charitable Foundation internship program, we’d love to hear from you! Please submit your resume and cover letter to

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