njcaa selects official football and beach volleyball; extends partnership with medalcraft Mint

MOUNT PROSPECT, ILLINOIS (August 16, 2018) - The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) selected providers for its official football and beach volleyball and also extended a partnership with Medalcraft Mint Inc. as its official awards supplier.

Team Issue Selected as Official NJCAA Football

The NJCAA announced Team Issue™, an American brand that designs and markets custom footballs of the highest quality as the Official Football of the association. Team Issue's footballs are handcrafted by Big Game USA – right here in America. Big Game currently serves as the largest producer of NCAA Division I FBS footballs.

The five-year agreement, which began in July 2018, allows for NJCAA member colleges to order custom and handmade Team Issue footballs at a discounted rate. Team Issue footballs will be featured exclusively at all NJCAA football postseason games. Big Game USA currently produces footballs for championship programs around the country that consistently win national titles as well as individual awards by top-tier players.

"Team Issue will bring a new element to our college football programs with custom handmade footballs, guaranteeing that our student-athletes are playing with the best product in the industry," said NJCAA Executive Director Dr. Christopher J. Parker. "By partnering with the leader in producing college footballs, the NJCAA is excited to take this step forward to benefit our membership."

The Team Issue collegiate leather football is engineered with exclusive proprietary techniques that boast superior durability and performance and are carefully designed to enhance distance, control, and spin. Team Issue footballs are also fully customizable which allows teams the opportunity to build a game ball ideal to their own quarterback and receivers' unique playing style. Proudly handmade in the U.S., all Team Issue footballs feature premium extra-tacky top-grain leather and pro quality, durable 3-ply liner.

"We are excited to partner with the NJCAA, the second largest collegiate athletic association in the country," said Chris Calandro, owner of Big Game USA. "Our product will deliver the best experience in college football and we are honored the NJCAA chose us to provide that for their student-athletes."

For more information about the Team Issue football log on to www.teamissue.com.

Molten Official NJCAA Beach Volleyball

To coincide with the NJCAA’s recent addition of its newest sport, beach volleyball, the association has announced that Molten USA will serve as the Official Beach Volleyball for the next three years. Beach volleyball was adopted as an official sport in April 2018.

“We are pleased to have Molten USA on our side to grow our newest opportunity with beach volleyball,” stated NJCAA Executive Director Dr. Christopher Parker. “With its inaugural season set to begin, we are proud to provide our student-athletes with a top-of-the-line product from Molten.”

NJCAA programs will begin to field teams in the fall of 2018 and begin full competition in the spring of 2019.

“Molten feels very privileged to be working with the NJCAA and the emerging sport of Women’s Beach Volleyball,” stated Melissa Dawson, President of Molten USA. “We are honored to have the opportunity to accentuate this growth as a new partner of the NJCAA collegiate Women’s Beach Volleyball community; as well as provide support to the coaches and players with excellent products and service.”

Medalcraft Mint Agrees to Three-Year Extension with NJCAA

One of the United States' leading manufacturers of custom challenge coins and other high-quality commemoratives, Medalcraft Mint Inc. has agreed to a three-year extension with the NJCAA as the association's Official Awards Supplier.

"We are pleased to continue this exceptional partnership with Medalcraft Mint," stated NJCAA Executive Director Dr. Christopher Parker. "Our championship events are signature moments for our student-athletes and with Medalcraft on our side, those moments will be remembered forever."

Based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Medalcraft Mint has served as a staple with the NJCAA after signing on as the association's Official Awards Supplier in 2010. The company produces high-level awards for national and regional championships across all NJCAA sports.

In March, 2018, Medalcraft Mint sponsored the NJCAA Awards Dinner during the association's annual meetings where numerous officers and leaders from around the country received premier plaques and medallions to recognize their accomplishments.