Elephant increases support for Richmond collegiate athletics

Richmond based insurer continues to back local sports community

Dec 08, 2015, 06:30 ET from Elephant Auto Insurance

RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Elephant Auto Insurance is pleased to announce the sponsorship of two Richmond-based men's basketball programs: University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University.

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The decision to partner with both of these local universities was an easy one for Elephant.  Headquartered in Richmond, VA, Elephant is passionate about being involved in the local area, and is always looking for opportunities to help the community thrive and succeed.  With roots originating back to their UK based parent company, the Admiral Group, Elephant continues to follow in their footsteps by supporting local sports teams.   

"Both University of Richmond and VCU have done a great job building excitement in this city over the last few years with all of their successes on and off the court.  As fellow Richmonders, we're proud to support our hometown teams," said Greg Minkler, Marketing Director of Elephant. "Here at Elephant we understand how important our role in the community is. By partnering with VCU and University of Richmond, it helps further demonstrate our commitment to the Richmond area."

As part of their new partnership with University of Richmond, Elephant will be hosting seat upgrade opportunities at select UR Men's basketball games this season.  To find out more information about these opportunities, visit www.facebook.com/SpiderAthletics.

"Having a local company like Elephant partner with us for the 2015-16 men's basketball season is very exciting for all of us here at University of Richmond. We believe in partnering with the local community, and Elephant is definitely a big part of that here in Richmond," said David Walsh, Deputy Athletic Director.

For the second year in a row, Elephant will be sponsoring VCU's online app, "VCU FanHouse," and all replays during Ram home games.  For more information on the VCU FanHouse app, visit www.fanhouse.vcuathletics.com.  Additionally, Elephant will be giving away tickets to select games throughout the season.  For details on how to win free VCU tickets from Elephant, visit www.elephant.com/VCU more information.

"We are excited to have Elephant partner with us again this season, as well as be the presenting sponsor of our online app, "VCU FanHouse."  As we enter another exciting men's basketball season, it's great to know that we have the continued support of another local business here in Richmond along the way," said Glenn Hofmann Executive Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs.

Richmond's large availability of a qualified and talented local workforce, as well as the growing trend of Virginia consumers going online for their auto insurance, has contributed to Elephant's success both here in its hometown, as well as nationally.  With a desire to make insurance easy and accessible for their customers, Elephant has challenged consumers to "See the Elephant Difference." 

Whether you're a Rams fan or a Spiders fan, Elephant is encouraging the Richmond community to come out and support the local teams as they make runs for NCAA tournament appearances.

About Elephant Auto Insurance
Founded in 2009, Elephant is a direct-to-consumer insurance company offering auto, home, motorcycle, and life products to customers nationally.  Elephant prides itself on providing quality services and great prices.  Located in Richmond, VA, Elephant is a wholly owned subsidiaries of Admiral Group, plc, one of the leading insurance companies in the United Kingdom. Elephant believes people who like what they do, do it better and therefore encourages a climate of individual contributions, long-term commitment and profitable growth within the organization. Elephant was named one of the Best Places to Work in Virginia, as well as one of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in the United States in 2011 and 2012. To learn more about Elephant or to get an insurance quote go to elephant.com, or call 1-877-21-TRUNK (1-877-218-7865).

About Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Commonwealth University is a leading public, 32,000-student research university located in Richmond, Va. A proud member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, VCU's nearly 300 student-athletes compete in 17 NCAA Division I athletic programs. The "Rams" have produced numerous academic and athletic achievements in recent years, including All-America citations. VCU's men's basketball team notably advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 2011, while the Rams' men's tennis squad reached the 2000 NCAA Championship Match.

About University of Richmond
Recognized as one of America's best private, liberal arts universities, with exceptional academic, research and cultural facilities, the University of Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its highly-acclaimed schools of arts and sciences, business, leadership studies, law and continuing studies.   Athletically, the Spiders sponsor 17 NCAA Division I programs, and enjoy full membership in the prestigious Atlantic 10 conference, where they have won more than 50 championships since joining the league in 2000.  The men's basketball team reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2011.  The football program competes in the Colonial Athletic Association, winning a national championship in 2008. 

CONTACT: Maggie Murray, margaret.murray@elephant.com; or Richard Lewis, Richard.Lewis@elephant.com 

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