Charlotte, NC – The NJCAA has announced contract renewals with Spalding® and Dudley® for five-year agreements. Spalding® will continue to serve as the official basketball while Dudley® will continue its partnership as the official softball of the association.
Spalding®, the parent company to Dudley®, initially partnered with the NJCAA in 2013 as the Official Basketball of the association. Dudley® has served as the Official Softball of the NJCAA since 1983.
"Spalding and Dudley's longstanding partnership with the NJCAA has proved to be a great relationship for both sides," stated NJCAA President & CEO Dr. Christopher Parker. "The contract renewals are a testament to the quality products provided to our membership from both Spalding and Dudley. Our student-athletes will be able to continuously compete at the highest level thanks to our partnership with both parties."
Member institutions from around the country will continue to utilize Spalding's TF-1000 Legacy product that is cushioned for control and built for a true bounce.
Dudley's NFHS THUNDER HEAT® Fastpitch Softball will continue to be the primary ball for all NJCAA student-athletes on the softball diamond.
"Spalding is pleased to be a key strategic partner of the NJCAA," said Spalding VP, Brand Communications Jack Marquardt. "Being the official ball partner of the NJCAA is an exciting opportunity for Spalding to continue to work with top tier athletes and teams across the US. We look forward to providing the highest quality equipment that allows student-athletes to compete at the highest level."
SPALDING® is the largest basketball equipment brand in the world. SPALDING® is the official basketball of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), and the official backboard of the NBA and NCAA Final Four. The SPALDING® trademark is owned by Russell Brands, LLC. For more information, visit www.spalding.com.
Founded in 1938, DUDLEY® is the leader in premium softball equipment. DUDLEY® is the number one brand in softball sales in the United States, with 20 NFHS fastpitch state adoptions – more than any other brand. DUDLEY® is backed by two-time World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Pitcher Jennie Finch, and is the Official Softball of USSSA's highest levels of play, the ASA OKC Championship Complex, and all NSA Championship Play. For more information, visit www.dudleysports.com.