Well-known sporting goods manufacturer to become official partner and exclusive supppler of NPF
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) announced a brand new partnership with Rawlings Sporting Goods to be an Official Partner and Supplier of NPF effective April 13, 2016.
“Rawlings is a brand that is synonymous with superior product performance on the diamond,” NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf said. “We are proud to begin a relationship and help introduce Rawlings softball equipment to a new generation of softball players.”
The partnership grants Rawlings exclusive status in batting helmets for NPF teams. Rawlings will also work with core NPF athletes and provide gloves, bats, batting gloves and protective equipment as an official equipment supplier.
“The NPF is a first-class organization and a leader in the softball industry,” Rawlings Executive Vice President of Marketing, Mike Thompson said. “It is an honor to be chosen as the official batting helmet of the NPF. We now hold that distinction with MLB and NPF the two professional leagues in baseball and softball.”
Rawlings will have a presence at NPF events including television broadcasts and live streaming integration, in-venue signage - both affixed and electronic, in-venue promotions, a booth at the Championship Series, public address announcements, tickets, and player promotions.
Rawlings, a sister company of Worth Sports, replaces Worth as the brand appears in the sport of fastpitch softball including its presence in the NPF.
NPF is televised throughout the summer on CBS Sports Network with a record 25 events slated to air in the 2016 season.
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fast pitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch
(WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fast pitch softball since 2002 www.profastpitch.com.
About Rawlings Sporting Goods
Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. is an innovative manufacturer and marketer of sporting goods worldwide. Founded in 1887, Rawlings is an authentic global sports brand, trusted by generations of athletes of all skill levels. Rawlings’ unparalleled quality, innovative engineering and expert craftsmanship are the fundamental reasons why more professional athletes, national governing bodies and sports leagues choose Rawlings. Rawlings is the Official Ball Supplier and Batting Helmet of Major League Baseball®, the official baseball of Minor League Baseball™ and the NCAA®, the Exclusive Batting Helmet of National Pro Fastpitch and an approved baseball, basketball, football and softball of the National High School Federation®. For more information, please visit Rawlings.com or by phone at (314) 819-2800.
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