One of the nation's elite youth programs will debut new kits at U.S. Soccer Development Academy League playoffs
BRADENTON, Fla. (June 10, 2010) - IMG Academy today announced a deal for Under Armour to become the official apparel and shoe provider to the IMG Academy soccer program.
Already the official apparel provider to the IMG Academy Bollettieri tennis program, IMG Academy football program Football, Athletic & Personal Development program, and IMG Academy baseball program, IMG Academy basketball program, and IMG Academy Lacrosse program academies, Under Armour will outfit all IMG Academy soccer program boys' and girls' youth teams and the Premier Development League team.
"The IMG Academy soccer program is always striving for improvement, and Under Armour will undoubtedly help our players and teams reach their goals," said Tom Durkin, Director of the IMG Academy soccer program. "We are honored to be outfitted by one of the industry's most innovative companies, and we will continue to represent one of the nation's elite soccer programs."
The IMG Bradenton Academics, a team that consists of mostly college-aged players and participates in the United Soccer League's PDL, already wears Under Armour apparel. The IMG Academy soccer program's U-18 team will debut its kits at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy League playoffs in late June in North Carolina.
"As part of our mission to make all athletes better, Under Armour continues to support the explosive growth of soccer at all levels, and we want to ensure that dedicated athletes have access to apparel that will help them elevate their game," said Matt Mirchin, Under Armour, Senior Vice President, Sports Marketing. "The IMG Academy soccer program has a distinguished history of producing elite players and teams, and Under Armour is extremely excited to partner with such a storied program."
Currently, an estimated 30,000-plus youth, high school and college soccer players wear Under Armour in only the company's third year of producing soccer apparel.
One of the nation's top soccer clubs, the IMG Academy soccer program's boys' U-18 team won the prestigious Dallas Cup in 2005 and 2007, and finished 3rd nationally in last year's Academy League. With six boys' and five girls' teams in various youth age groups, the IMG Academy soccer program has produced countless collegiate and professional players since opening in 1998.
About IMG Academy
IMG Academy is the world's largest and most advanced multi-sport training facility for athletic, academic and personal development. Over the span of 30-plus years, the Academy's advanced training methods have helped countless youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes improve in sport and life by providing an energetic and inspiring atmosphere on a 400-acre campus. Consisting of the IMG Academy Bollettieri tennis program, IMG Academy golf program, IMG Academy football program, Athletic & Personal Development program, and IMG Academy baseball program, IMG Academy basketball program, IMG Academy Lacrosse program and IMG Academy soccer program academies, the Bradenton, Fla.-based Academy attracts more than 12,000 dedicated athletes from approximately 80 countries every year. Through specialized training, expert coaching and customizable programs for all ages and ability levels, IMG Academy offers the ultimate preparation for life in and out of the athletic arena. Find more info at www.imgacademies.com.
About Under Armour, Inc.
Under ArmourÂ® (NYSE: UA) is a leading developer, marketer, and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories. The brand's moisture-wicking synthetic fabrications are engineered in many different designs and styles for wear in nearly every climate to provide a performance alternative to traditional natural fiber products. The Company's products are sold worldwide and worn by athletes at all levels, from youth to professional, on playing fields around the globe. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland, with European headquarters in Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium, and additional offices in Denver, Hong Kong, Toronto, and Guangzhou, China. For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.underarmour.com.