Global lifestyle brand to become "Official Footwear Company" of the prominent pickleball organizations
NEW YORK, May 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Intersport and the Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) Tour, USA Pickleball and Major League Pickleball (MLP), the nation's elite professional pickleball circuits, have entered into multi-year agreements with Skechers that makes the global lifestyle brand the Official Footwear Company of each pickleball organization.
A formal announcement was made Thursday at the Franklin New York City Open, the APP Tour event that is taking place this weekend at the historic Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, home of the legendary US Open tennis tournament.
"We are very excited to welcome Skechers into the APP Tour, USA Pickleball and MLP families, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership," said Drew Russell, executive vice president of Intersport, an equity partner of the APP Tour and collaborative partner of USA Pickleball and MLP. "Their commitment to pickleball is another demonstration of the sport's incredible power and growth. We are excited to align with a fantastic brand that will drive new audiences to our wonderful game."
"We introduced Skechers Pickleball footwear just last month in Florida and received an overwhelmingly positive response with our first pairs quickly selling out at the event," said Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers. "People are clearly excited to play in our new Skechers Viper Court with the signature comfort, performance and innovation that they know and love from Skechers. That's why we're fully committed to this fun and exciting sport and driving that point home through an expansive triple partnership with the APP Tour, MLP and USA Pickleball. We look forward to helping promote and grow the sport together, and along with it this new pillar in our business."
About SKECHERS USA, Inc.
Skechers USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), The Comfort Technology Company™ based in Southern California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle and performance footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The Company's collections are available in over 180 countries and territories through department and specialty stores, and direct to consumers through digital stores and 4,308 Company- and third-party-owned physical retail stores. The Company manages its international business through a network of wholly-owned subsidiaries, joint venture partners, and distributors. For more information, please visit about.skechers.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.
Since 1985, Intersport has been an award-winning innovator and leader in the creation of sports, lifestyle, culinary and entertainment-based marketing platforms. With expertise in Sponsorship Consulting, Experiential Marketing, Hospitality, Customer Engagement, Content Marketing, Productions and Sports Properties, this Chicago-based Marketing & Media Solutions Company helps their clients to create ideas, content and experiences that attract and engage passionate audiences. To learn more about Intersport, visit www.intersport.global, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
About the APP Tour
Founded in 2019, the Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) serves amateurs, professionals, and senior professionals in one of the fastest growing sports in the country. It is the first and only officially sanctioned tour of USA Pickleball. The APP also prides itself on developing the next generation of champions through its Next Gen Series and other youth initiatives. For more information on the APP Tour, visit www.apptour.org.
About USA Pickleball
USA Pickleball is a non-profit organization established in 2005 to further the sport's advancement in critical areas. As the National Governing Body, USA Pickleball promotes the growth of pickleball by maintaining playing rules, sanctioning tournaments, setting player ratings and providing grassroots support through a network of 2,000 ambassadors. Since 2013, USA Pickleball membership has grown 1,350% to nearly 60,000. For more information, visit www.usapickleball.org.
About Major League Pickleball
Major League Pickleball (MLP) is the elite professional pickleball competition that sees teams of two women and two men compete in a unique format that set new standards in the fastest growing sport in America. MLP's first-ever event, which took place in November 2021, raised the bar for pro pickleball, introducing broadcast and event production innovations that earned MLP the title "Event of the Year" by The Dink. In addition to MLP's goal to create engaging new platforms to showcase the best professional female and male pickleball players worldwide, MLP is also focused on helping build the grassroots of the sport, attracting both new participants and fans to pickleball in the USA and worldwide. For more information on Major League Pickleball, go to www.MajorLeaguePickleball.net and follow Major League Pickleball on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest and YouTube.
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