NRG Names FIRST® as Flagship Non-Profit Partnership
#OMGRobots! STEM Education is Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders
PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 26, 2016--
NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG) , the country’s leading integrated
competitive power company, has named FIRST®
(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an
organization dedicated to inspiring young people to be science and
technology leaders, as a flagship non-profit in the company’s Global
Giving program. In addition to financial support, NRG employees actively
provide unique, real-world expertise to FIRST participants by
acting as mentors to FIRST teams across the country.
NRG’s relationship with FIRST began in 2013. Since then, employee
mentorship has nearly doubled and NRG’s financial support has grown more
than 280 percent, as the company became a strategic partner, a top-tier
sponsor of FIRST. This exponential growth is rooted in NRG’s
commitment to innovation, recognizing that as the energy business
evolves, those with a passion for science and technology will be the
future of the industry.
“Innovation and technology are central to NRG’s business and the
evolution of technology is what ensures that we maintain our competitive
advantage into the future,” said Mauricio Gutierrez, President and CEO,
NRG. “That’s why we are proud to support FIRST and their
commitment to STEM education. These young competitors, are transforming
into true innovators and visionaries and have the unique ability to see
infinite possibilities and deliver bold strategies to overcome complex
problems and achieve success.”
Beyond financed corporate sponsorship of FIRST, NRG employees
mentor and support 21 teams. Of the teams NRG employees mentored this
season, we’re proud to announce that six NRG-mentored teams will be
headed to the FIRST
Championship in St. Louis on April 27. NRG would like to recognize
and applaud Klein Bots, Team Mercury, The MidKnight Inventors, Team
Cyborg, WestyTek, and Error 404: Team name not found, for their
outstanding success this season, and wish them luck as they proceed to FIRST
“We cannot wait to see all of the teams at FIRST Championship as
this program is shaping not only the brilliant minds of these young
leaders, but also providing them with real-life skills that place them
on the path to becoming exceptional adults,” said Jennifer Brunelle,
Director of Global Giving, NRG. “Experiencing the excitement and Coopertition®
first-hand is so inspiring. I couldn’t be more proud to introduce FIRST
as the inaugural flagship non-profit for our evolving charitable giving
NRG will have an on-site experience at the FIRST Innovation
Faire, booth #211, in The Grande Mariott Hotel, St. Louis, showcasing
the company’s acclaimed energy-education mobile game, The Path to Luma.
NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the
strength of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive electric
generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. A Fortune
200 company, NRG creates value through best in class operations,
reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform
serving residential and commercial businesses. Working with electricity
customers, large and small, we continually innovate, embrace and
implement sustainable solutions for producing and managing energy. We
aim to be pioneers in developing smarter energy choices and delivering
exceptional service as our retail electricity providers serve almost 3
million residential and commercial customers throughout the country.
More information is available at www.nrg.com.
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