Boxing’s Living Legend Sugar Ray Leonard Headlines 2016 NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit

Leonard Shares His Experience In and Out of the Ring at the Sporting Goods Industry’s Premiere Event on May 23, 2016 in Hilton Head Island, SC

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MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (Feb. 8, 2016) – One of boxing's most beloved and successful fighters, Sugar Ray Leonard will launch NSGA’s 52nd Annual Management Conference & 18th Annual Team Dealer Summit at 8:00 a.m., on May 23, 2016 at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa in Hilton Head Island, SC. The premiere sporting goods industry event runs May 22-25, 2016.

Leonard will illustrate the steps and sacrifices it took to achieve his Olympic gold medal and professional boxing dreams. He will share stories about his journey from athlete to entrepreneur, and the qualities he believes help achieve greatness not only in the ring, but also in the business world.

“We love to have speakers who are versatile; they reflect the characteristics contributing to our members’ success, “commented NSGA President & CEO Matt Carlson. “As an athlete turned businessman and philanthropist, Sugar Ray Leonard is a shining example of this.”

Having learned to box at the early age of 14, Leonard’s illustrious career includes three National Golden Gloves titles, two Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) championships and the 1975 Pan-American Games crown. After winning a gold medal in Montreal’s 1976 Olympic Games, Leonard became a professional boxer to help defer medical bills from his father’s illness. His first victory sparked a storied career, including some of the most memorable fights in history.

His professional career spanned 20 years earning world titles in the welterweight, junior middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. Leonard was the first boxer to win world titles in five different weight classes.

Leonard’s personal experience and boxing career provides inspiration to help fund research to combat type 1 and 2 diabetes and obesity prevention. For many years, he has been the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation “Walk for a Cure.” In 2009, Leonard and his wife Bernadette created the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and support the life-changing programs at the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

More about the Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit

NSGA holds the 52nd Annual Management Conference & 18th Annual Team Dealer Summit at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa from May 22-25, 2016.

The Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit brings together a diverse group including sporting goods retailers, team dealers, manufacturers, sales agencies, and industry supporting vendor companies. The sporting goods industry’s premiere event is packed with stellar opportunities—top quality education, best-in-class networking, impactful speakers, and industry recognition.

In its second year, the NSGA Innovations Arena will feature interesting and new sporting goods industry products. The arena will be open during conference breaks and in the afternoons to provide attendees the opportunity to experience interactive demonstrations and to ask questions.

The 61st Annual Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will be held on Tuesday night, May 24. Bill Battle, Jack Smith and Jim Throneburg join the iconic list of more than 160 men and women inducted into the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame since its inception in 1955.

Registration will begin on February 8, 2016. For more details on the Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit, visit:

About the National Sporting Goods Association

The National Sporting Goods Association has served as the leading voice for the sporting goods industry since 1929. NSGA’s mission is to support its members’ efforts to grow their business and to advocate on their behalf. The Association develops industry research and publications, while also providing discounted services and hosting the annual NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit. For more information about membership or NSGA’s products and services, please visit