INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (April 23, 2018) - Wilson Sporting Goods Co. has extended its long-standing partnership with the NCAA for basketball through the 2020-21 season with an additional two-year option. Under terms of the agreement, Wilson will supply teams competing in the Association’s Divisions I, II and III Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships with the official NCAA Solution Game Basketball.
“Basketball is one of the most prolific college sports played today, and we are committed to the thousands of NCAA student-athletes and coaches who are pursuing their dreams to do our part in making these sports exciting, fun and rewarding to play,” said Kevin Murphy, general manager of team sports at Wilson. “At the center of this collaboration with the NCAA is our work to create next-generation equipment that will help players reach their performance goals and raise their level of play.”
“Partners like Wilson are invaluable to the NCAA as they provide superior brand quality and innovative equipment for our championships,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball. “Our partnership with Wilson is unique as it gives student-athletes the opportunity to utilize top-level equipment that we believe adds to an overall positive and memorable championship experience.”
Wilson has provided the official basketball of the NCAA since 2002. Wilson and the NCAA currently collaborate across five sports, including basketball, soccer, beach volleyball, football and tennis.
ABOUT THE WILSON NCAA SOLUTION GAME BASKETBALL
The Wilson NCAA Solution Game Basketball features:
- Sweat-absorbing composite leather cover to enhance the grip, feel and playability.
- Patented, pebbled, composite laid-in channels for exceptional grip and touch and better control. This 100 percent composite cover is only available in Wilson basketballs.
- Cushion Core Technology for a more consistent bounce.
The combination of these technologies and innovative design is an indoor game basketball that provides enhanced grip, soft touch, consistent bounce and greater control.
ABOUT WILSON SPORTING GOODS CO.
Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation, is the world's leading manufacturer of high performance sports equipment, apparel and accessories. As the Official Basketball of the NCAA® Championships, Global Game Ball of FIBA 3x3, Red Bull® Reign, and the preferred basketball of thousands of high school and youth basketball programs, Wilson brings more than 75-years of innovation in basketball to all levels of play and training. The Company uses player insights to develop products that push equipment innovation into new territories and empower athletes at every level to perform at their best. Please visit www.wilson.com for more information.
ABOUT THE NCAA
The NCAA is a diverse association of more than 1,100 member colleges and universities that prioritize academics, well-being and fairness to create greater opportunities for nearly half a million student-athletes each year. The NCAA provides a pathway to higher education and beyond for student-athletes pursuing academic goals and competing in NCAA sports. More than 54,000 student-athletes experience the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics by competing in NCAA championships each year. Visit ncaa.org and ncaa.com for more details about the Association and the corporate partnerships that support the NCAA and its student-athletes.