Notre Dame, IN - September 2, 2021 - Notre Dame Global Partnerships, the multimedia rightsholder for the University of Notre Dame Athletics Department, today announced a new multiyear Championship-level partnership with Credit Union 1 to become the Official Banking Partner of Notre Dame Athletics. Credit Union 1, an Illinois-based financial institution that drives family and community success, will provide exclusive services and better banking for all the Irish through the new Fighting Irish Program.
"The University of Notre Dame is one of the finest institutions in America and to officially align our values with its iconic athletics program and faithful supporters represents a tremendous milestone for our financial institution. Through the Fighting Irish Program, which is designed to empower members to maximize their economic potential, we're excited to exemplify the same level of premier excellence that has come to define Notre Dame in its classrooms and across its athletic fields." said Todd Gunderson, CEO and President of Credit Union 1.
"When we look for potential partners at Notre Dame, we look for those who are both best in class in their industry and are community oriented — Credit Union 1 fits that vision," said university vice president James E. Rohr and Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick. "We're excited to be able to call Credit Union 1 our Official Banking Partner for many years to come."
By joining Credit Union 1's new Fighting Irish Program, all University of Notre Dame students, faculty, proud alumni and devoted fans will have access to the Notre Dame Affinity Debit Card which includes exclusive, best-in-class banking benefits. Program members can choose from one of eight Fighting Irish-themed designs ranging from the school's iconic Notre Dame Monogram, the Fighting Irish Leprechaun or a striking gold-textured card representing the Athletics program. Specific designs will be available on an edge-to-edge steel core card.
In addition to banking services, Credit Union 1 will have a strong presence through custom Notre Dame broadcast media, on-campus ATMs and future banking location near campus. They will support Notre Dame Stadium's innovative efforts to go cashless this season by offering fans the option to use prepaid cards. Credit Union 1 will also launch engaging on-site activations during Notre Dame football, men's and women's basketball and hockey games.
Fans can start receiving their exclusive Fighting Irish benefits and Fighting Irish Debit Card today at creditunion1.org/irish.
Notre Dame Global Partnerships, a joint venture between Legends Global Partnerships and JMI Sports, facilitated the partnership.