EZCORP and Boys & Girls Clubs of The Austin Area to Host Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Youth of the Year Trei Dudley
AUSTIN, Texas (October 24, 2013) — EZCORP, Inc., a leading provider of easy cash solutions for consumers, announced today that EZCORP Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area will host a visit by the Club’s 2012-2013 National Youth of the Year, Trei Dudley. On Monday October 28th, Trei will share her story with students at the Gus Garcia Middle School and Lanier High School Boys and Girls Clubs
During the 10 years she spent as a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence in Kansas, Trei overcame significant obstacles in her life, and in 2012, Trei was selected as National Youth of the Year. Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is Boys and Girls Club’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The National Youth of the Year is installed by the President of the United States. As Youth of the Year, Trei has been the voice for nearly 4 million Boys and Girls Club members and young people nationwide. Trei is currently a sophomore at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville studying Business Management.
Paul Rothamel, President and Chief Executive Officer of EZCORP said, “Trei serves as an inspiration to all youth. Like Trei, we are actively engaged in our communities and are committed to making a difference not only in the community as a whole, but in the lives of individuals. Stories like Trei’s are the reason we support Boys and Girls Clubs of America.”
Mark A. Kiester, Chief Executive Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area, is excited to bring Trei to Austin. “Trei is an excellent example of how Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation and here in Austin are positively impacting the lives of millions of kids who come from very tough circumstances. Kids, because of their Boys & Girls Club experience, can rise beyond those circumstances to develop into productive, responsible and caring citizens from Austin to Maine to Alaska.
“Trei’s visit is very timely for our members here in Austin because we are just beginning our high school and middle school Youth of the Year competition and they can learn a lot from their visit with Trei.”
For the latest information on EZCORP Foundation, EZCORP’s community partnerships, and EZCORP’s work in the community, please visit http://www.ezcorp.com/community.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area is Austin’s leading youth development agency, serving nearly 12,000 kids each year in Travis County via 21 Clubs. The Club’s Formula for Impact is addressing youth development in three crucial areas: Academic Success, Character & Leadership, and Healthy Lifestyles. More than a safe haven for kids “at risk,” the Clubs inspire the limitless potential of kids, setting them on the path to a great future. The Club’s mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
EZCORP is a leading provider of easy cash solutions for consumers, employing approximately 7,800 teammates and operating over 1,300 company-operated pawn, buy/sell and personal financial services locations in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. We provide a variety of instant cash solutions, including pawn loans, consumer loans and fee-based credit services to customers seeking loans. At our pawn and buy/sell stores, we also sell merchandise, primarily collateral forfeited from pawn lending operations and used merchandise purchased from customers.
EZCORP owns controlling interests in Prestaciones Finmart, S.A.P.I. de C.V., SOFOM, E.N.R. (doing business under the names “Crediamigo” and “Adex”), a leading provider of payroll deduction loans in Mexico; in Ariste Holding Limited (doing business under the name “Cash Genie”), a leading provider of online loans in the U.K.; and in Renueva Commercial, S.A.P.I. de C.V., an operator of buy/sell stores in Mexico under the name “TUYO.” The company also has significant investments in Albemarle & Bond Holdings PLC (ABM.L), one of the U.K.’s largest pawnbroking businesses with over 180 full-line stores offering pawnbroking, jewelry retailing, gold buying and financial services; and in Cash Converters International Limited (CCV.ASX), which franchises and operates a worldwide network of over 700 stores that provide personal financial services and sell pre-owned merchandise.
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