— For Immediate Release —
The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) has announced a new five-year partnership with Eastbay and Rawlings.
Beginning in January 2015, Eastbay — a leading direct-to-customer supplier of athletic apparel, footwear, and accessories — will become the USCAA’s exclusive supplier of all athletic gear. Rawlings will serve as the official ball of the USCAA and the USCAA’s Championship events in the sports of men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and baseball. Worth will become the official ball of USCAA Softball and the USCAA Softball National Championship.
Additionally, the USCAA will be the first national intercollegiate organization to beta-test Rawlings’ new premiere intercollegiate soccer and volleyballs beginning in 2015.
Eastbay features top athletic brands such as Nike, adidas, Under Armour, ASICS, Reebok, Jordan, Converse, New Balance, and Brooks. Founded in 1877, Rawlings is a leading sports equipment supplier and has been the official supplier of baseballs to MLB since 1977.
“We are very proud to add Eastbay and Rawlings as USCAA partners,” states USCAA Chief Operating Officer Matt Simms. “Both companies bring to the table history, combined with tremendous products, and outstanding customer service. USCAA member institutions who purchase from Eastbay receive an industry leading discount, product rebate, and first class customer care, making this a win-win proposition for all members regardless of the amount of business they can do.”
As part of the agreement with Eastbay and Rawlings, the following will be the official balls of USCAA National Championship events.
Men’s Basketball – CONTOUR
Women’s Basketball – CONTOURW
Baseball – FSR1NCAAA, FSR100NAIA
Softball – NC12L-NCAA, NC12L-NAIA (Worth)
Soccer – SB950 *Starting in 2015 following beta testing
Volleyball – VB1001 *Starting in 2015 following beta testing
“We’re very excited and pleased to be involved with quality organizations like the USCAA and Rawlings,” says Eastbay Team Sales Director Ken West. “Our goal is to help these athletes prepare to win with the best performance shoes, clothing, and equipment in the market, and we have a 30-year history of supplying the greatest athletes in the world with the tools they need to succeed. We look forward to helping this generation of athletes in their pursuit of excellence.”
USCAA member intuitions are strongly encouraged to engage with Eastbay for team apparel and equipment needs.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Michael Goodman, USCAA National Office