SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwired - December 14, 2016) - The Utah Jazz and Mountain America Credit Union announced today that Head Start is this season's second recipient of "Pass It Along," a program featuring fan nomination opportunities that rewards five local charitable organizations with $5,000 each.

Head Start is a free preschool program for low-income children that focuses on kindergarten readiness. Children receive medical screenings and care, nutrition, and the academic, social, and emotional skills they need to succeed in school. The non-profit will be presented with a $5,000 donation prior to the Wednesday, Dec. 14 game vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The photo and check presentation will take place on center court at 5 p.m.

"We are very grateful for the support from the Utah Jazz and Mountain America Credit Union," said Joni Clark, Chief Development Officer for Utah Community Action, the agency that oversees the local Head Start program. "This gift will help us provide children and families with a path to self-sufficiency."

In addition to the $5,000 donation, Head Start received a visit from Mountain America Credit Union President and CEO Sterling Nielsen and tickets to Wednesday's game.

Fans are encouraged to nominate local charitable groups that they feel go above and beyond in giving back to the community via One winner will be announced each month through March 2016, for a total of $25,000 being donated to five deserving organizations.

This season's first "Pass It Along" recipient, the Paiute Tribe of Utah Native Youth Program, was recognized Nov. 29.

About the Utah Jazz
Founded as the 18th member of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1974, and located in Salt Lake City since 1979, the Utah Jazz are committed to excellence as a team and in the community. On the court, the Jazz are the third-winningest team in the NBA over the last 30 years, having won eight division titles and two Western Conference championships along with 14 seasons of 50-plus wins, and are supported by one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports. Away from the court, the Jazz are very active in the local community and have assisted a multitude of organizations and worthy causes by way of charitable donations, service and grants through Larry H. Miller Charities. The Utah Jazz also operate the Junior Jazz program, the largest and longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA, featuring more than 55,000 players and an additional 13,000 volunteers who take part annually across seven states. For more information on the Utah Jazz, visit

About Mountain America Credit Union
Mountain America Credit Union has more than $5.9 billion in assets and serves more than 700,000 members, wherever they are, through online and mobile banking, 86 branches in five states, and access to more than 50,000 surcharge-free ATMs and 5,000 shared-branching locations nationwide. With roots dating back to the 1930s, Mountain America offers a variety of financial products and services for consumers and businesses, including checking and savings accounts, auto loans, mortgage loans, business checking, student loans, SBA loans and retirement options. Visit for more information.

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