Dallas Mavericks future star, Dennis Smith Jr. seems to have all the right qualities, leading Under Armour to sign the top rookie point guard and No. 9 overall 2017 draft pick to a three-year footwear and apparel endorsement deal worth as much as $2 million per year with incentives. The UA plan is to incorporate him immediately as one of its key featured basketball players right out the gate with a future that looks bright in Dallas, which has Mavs fans, Coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban excited.
“I am definitely excited to be a part of team Under Armour as I get ready to go into [training] camp for my rookie year,” Smith Jr. said. “Under Armour is an explosive brand in basketball right now, and I’m excited to join Stephen Curry and Seth Curry and the team at UA in making our mark together.”
Unlike most incoming rookies this summer, Dennis decided to wait until well after the NBA draft to sign his shoe deal. The majority of the players selected among the top 10 picks — save for Lonzo Ball’s unique Big Baller Brand venture — each signed their endorsement deals during the month of June.
During this year’s summer league, Smith average 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game during the Mavericks’ run in Vegas, landing him on the All-NBA Summer League first team. Many analysts draw comparisons to a young Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose.
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Former NBA player Ruthie Bolton is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the 34th Annual Top Ten Professional Women and Leading Business Awards that are happening this fall. The event will take place on October 13 at the Fresno Convention Center and will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and information regarding purchasing tickets can be found on the MM Center’s website. Bolton is expected to talk about her life and career in the WNBA, as well as how she overcame living in an environment of domestic violence. It is expected to be one of the most moving happenings of the year to come to the Fresno area, so if you are a local be sure to look into getting your tickets as soon as possible.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist played for Auburn University between 1985 and 1989 in the Guard position and quickly formed a great reputation. She entered the 1997 WNBA Draft and was picked up by the Sacramento Monarchs with whom she played with until 2004. In addition to that, in 1991 Bolton was called to represent her country as a part of Team USA at the World University Games in England that year. The Mississippi native has won several medals including one at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, 2000 Sydney Olympics, World University Games and the FIBA World Championship for Women tournament. These days even though she has retired from playing basketball, she still works for the Monarchs and does administrative duties for the team.
Bolton will be traveling to Fresno, California this fall to take part in the 34th Annual Top Ten Professional Women and Leading Business Awards event that is happening on October 13. Tickets for the two-hour event will go on sale soon, so be sure to visit the MM Center website for details.
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It’s only fitting that a player named Taco Charlton would be drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1st round and be a prime endorsement target for a city that definitely loves tacos.
“We had meetings with a bunch of restaurants that sell tacos and we were looking for a long-term relationship,” said Joel Segal, Charlton’s agent and president of Lagardere Sports.
Taco Bueno, a 3,000-employee company has more than 180 stores in seven states, but roughly half of those restaurants are within the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.
“I actually fell asleep towards the back end of the first round of the draft,” Taco Bueno CEO Mike Roper said. “But when I woke up in the morning, my phone lit up with the news that the Cowboys had drafted a Taco. We had to do something.”
“I love my name and I actually do love tacos,” Charlton told the Dallas Morning News. As part of the deal, Roper said the company will have Charlton come up with some new offers for customers.
Roper said the 6-foot-6, 275-pound Charlton might be a natural to promote the company’s “Wholotta Box,” which features a combination of 12 tacos and burritos for $15. Roper also suggested the company might build a “Tailgate Box” product for fans to buy on game day.
The Cowboys defensive end, Taco Charlton will be used in digital spots as well as support the company from social media, his handle is @TheSupremeTaco which couldn’t be more perfect. If you company is interested in hiring Taco Charlton or other Dallas Cowboys players for appearances or endorsements, contact AthletePromotions.
The Great One, Wayne Gretzky has done some pretty amazing things on and off the ice during his career. A holder of 60 NHL records, Gretzky is the NHL’s All Time leader in goals and assists. Gretzky’s appeal as a product endorser far surpassed that of other hockey players of his era. By 1995, he was among the five highest-paid athlete endorsers in North America, with deals from The Coca-Cola Company, Domino’s Pizza, Sharp Corporation, and Upper Deck Company among others. He has endorsed and launched a wide variety of products, from pillow cases to insurance, as well as his own restaurant in Toronto. His latest venture includes being one of the top brand ambassadors for BioSteel, one of the leading sports nutrition companies, based in Toronto.
Today, BioSteel is one of the most trusted brands in both locker rooms and households. Having the support of some of the top athletes in the world, including Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooke Henderson (Golf), Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys, Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays, Sean Lee of the Dallas Cowboys, and Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars, and becoming the Official Sports Drink of the Toronto Raptors, BioSteel looks to become consumers’ natural nutritional choice and empower performance lifestyles. For more info about BioSteel visit www.BioSteel.com and use #DrinkThePink hashtag on social media when using their products. If your company is interest in hiring a player for a hockey endorsement, contact AthletePromotions.
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is proudly sponsoring the $21 pet adoption day in Dallas, Texas on Monday October 17th from noon to 6 p.m.. The fee costs just $21 in reference to Elliott’s jersey number, and he has vowed to pay for the difference of the cost for anyone who wants to come down to Dallas’ SPCA and adopted their new family friend. For the month of “Dogtober”, the SPCA is already cutting adoption fees in half for dogs, but the Cowboy star is willing to pay the remaining fees for any animals that are adopted from the facility.
The Alton, Illinois native was both academically and athletically-driven during his teen years at John Burroughs School where he was a three-sport star in basketball, track, and football, which led him to being recruited by several schools for college. Despite his family wanting him to attend his parent’s alma mater, University of Missouri, Elliott went on to play for Ohio State University. After just three seasons at OSU, he entered the 2016 NFL Draft where he was selected as the 4th overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys. Ever since the 2016 NFL season has gone underway, Elliott is already proving to be one of the most talented running backs in the game leading the NFL in rushing as of Week 6.
The Running Back is hosting a $21 pet adoption day in Dallas, Texas on October 17th to help some animals get good homes, and families a new loving member of their household.
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Earlier this month it was announced that NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving will be partnering with headphone and earbud company Skullcandy. The endorsement with Skullcandy will give Irving a little more input than normal endorsements by having Irving give his own personal touch on the company’s products and his own personal line of products.
Kyrie Irving is a Melbourne, Victoria, Australia native whose dream of playing in the NBA started after a fourth grade trip to Continental Airlines Arena. After a highly illustrious high school career, Irving committed to play for Duke in 2009. Through the first eight games of the season in 2011, Irving was averaging over 17 points a game, five assists, four rebounds, and 1.5 steals a game. However in the ninth game of their season Irving suffered a severe ligament injury on his big toe and didn’t play another game for Duke until the beginning of the NCAA tournament where he scored 28 points in the sweet sixteen game against Arizona. Following his only season at the University of Duke, Irving was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Irving finished his rookie season with the Cavs averaging over 18 points a game and the rookie of the year award. The following season Irving was selected to his first All-Star game and became the youngest player in NBA history to score 40 points at Madison Square Garden. After his second straight all-star appearance, Irving was joined by Lebron James and Kevin Love to form a big three who actually started the season slow with a 5-7 record but ultimately went on to the NBA Finals their first year together. Irving was subsequently injured in the first game of the Finals and with missing Irving, the Cavaliers ultimately lost the series to the Golden State Warriors. Irving ended up missing the beginning of the 2015 season due to the fractured kneecap he suffered in the Finals the previous year but since his return Irving has assisted the Cavs in finishing the year with the number one seed in the Eastern Conference as the Cavs look to rebound and take home the NBA title this season.
Earlier this month it was announced that NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving will partner with Skullcandy by helping the company start a personal line for Irving while also taking his input in their other products as well. The marriage of the two should turn out to be successful due in large part to Irving’s creativity and touch on todays in styles and trends.
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This upcoming June, Christian Laettner will be holding a basketball camp at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School District and will focus on fundamentals such as ball handling, movement without the ball, and team concepts. The camp will host ages ranging from eight year olds to eighteen year olds and the attendees will receive a t-shirt on the first day.
Christian Laettner is an Angola, New York native who developed his competitive drive from his brother’s bullying as a kid and played his high school basketball at private Nichols School. Laettner had to work as a janitor to supplement the cost of the private school that he led to two state titles. Laettner was a very sought after recruit and decided to play his college ball at Duke University. During his time at Duke, Laettner won an amazing 21 games in the NCAA tournament that included back to back national titles during his junior and senior season. His college career is regarded as one of if the not the best college basketball careers in history as he averaged nearly 17 points, 8 rebounds, and nearly 50 percent on three point shooting while also providing many clutch shots during his career. Laettner also holds multiple NCAA tournament records such as most points, free throws made and attempted, games won, and games played. Laettner was also the only non NBA player named to the highly touted 1992 Olympic Dream Team featuring Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird. Laettner was drafted third overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1992 NBA Draft and played 13 years in the National Basketball Association including stints with six teams, was traded six times, and was never with a team for longer than three years. Laettner has since begun operating many youth training camps and also served as a coach in the NBA’s developmental league.
This upcoming June, Christian Laettner will hold a basketball camp at Walker-Hackensack-Ackley School District. The camp should have a great turnout as Laettner’s camps generally do. The camp will teach attendees the fundamentals of the game and they will learn from one of if not the greatest college basketball players of all time.
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It was announced this last week that Heineken’s new campaign, Soccer is Here, will feature two of the biggest United States soccer stars in Landon Donovan and Carli Lloyd. The yearlong campaign will highlight the rich history of soccer in the US and will attempt to raise excitement about the future of soccer in the US. Heineken has been a huge part of soccer over the years in both the United States and worldwide and will help take the game to new heights.
Landon Donovan is a native of Ontario, California who began playing in his first organized soccer league at the age of seven and scored six goals in his first game in that league. At the age of 15, Donovan was accepted into the U.S. Youth Soccer’s Olympic Development Program. At only the age of 17, Donovan signed his first contract to play for the German club, Bayer Leverkusen, and struggled adapting to the German culture but after being designated to the MLS team San Jose Earthquakes he had immediate success. In 2005 he returned to Germany and stated his desire to return to the MLS after leading the Earthquakes to the MLS Cup title and becoming one of the only recognizable faces in the league. Since the Earthquakes traded away Donovan’s rights, his hometown team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, were able to acquire the MLS star where he would stay for the rest of his 14 year MLS career. His first season with the Galaxy ended with another MLS cup for Donovan. In 2009, Donovan had a banner year in which he won the MVP of the MLS and formed a dynamic duo with English superstar David Beckham. Two years later in 2011, the Galaxy would win another MLS Cup and with the cup win it gave Donovan an amazing four in his somewhat short career. The following year, Donovan again came up in the clutch to give the Galaxy yet another MLS Cup victory in a win over Houston. In Donovan’s international career he made over 150 appearances and scored over 50 goals in helping the American’s win multiple international games.
Carli Lloyd is a Delran Township, New Jersey native who began playing soccer at age five. After her high school career at Delran High School Lloyd went on to play soccer at Rutgers University. During her time with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights she was named to the First-Team All-Big East for all four years and ended her career as the all-time leader in points, goals, and shot attempts. After a forgetful season for the Chicago Red Stars in 2008, Lloyd left to play for her home state club, the Sky Blue FC. After breaking her ankle against her former team, Lloyd missed practically the entire season and was declared a free agent after her lone season for the Sky Blue FC. The following season Lloyd signed with the expansion team the Atlanta Beat and with her new signing had a coach who thought very fondly of her stating “She is a fantastic midfielder and someone who is fully focused on the game.” Lloyd made her first appearance on the Women’s National Team in 2005 and scored her first national goal a year later. In 2007, Lloyd helped the National team place third in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and started in three of the five games they played in the tournament. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics Lloyd scored two goals, one of which came in the gold medal final against Brazil and was named soccer athlete of the year along with Tim Howard. In the 2011 World Cup, Lloyd was able to score her first goal in a World Cup game and the national team finished with a silver medal after losing in the final to Japan. The following year Lloyd scored both goals in the London Olympic gold medal match against Japan in which they won. This past year in the 2015 World Cup games in Canada, it all came together for Lloyd when she went on a four game goal scoring streak that culminated in the final when she scored a hat trick in the first 16 minutes of the final against, once again, Japan. Lloyd would be named the best player of the World Cup with the Golden Ball and was the first since Geoff Hurst to score a hat trick in a World Cup game.
This past week it was announced that Carli Lloyd and Landon Donovan will be featured in the new Heineken campaign, Soccer is Here. The campaign will highlight the rich history of soccer in the United States and will once again show the support Heineken has shown to both American soccer and worldwide soccer as a whole. The marriage between the three parties should prove to be very successful if not only because the stardom Lloyd and Donovan own due to their international play for the United States.
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Super Bowl XL and Dancing with the Stars champion, retired wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Hines Ward will be the guest speaker at the LNP’s High School Sports All-Star Awards. This ceremony and dinner for Lancaster County’s best of the best in high school sports will be recognizing the top male and female athletes on May 18th, 2016 at 6pm at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex – Field House. Hines will address the entire audience following dinner and prior to the awards ceremony. After the conclusion of the event, there will be a public meet and greet for all attendees from 9-10 pm. Hines will be available for photos only and will meet as many attendees as time will allow. Tickets are $75 to support these athletes and local sports. Tickets include entrance to the event with Hines Ward, Parking, a gourmet meal (chicken or vegetarian), and access to public meet and greet.
The South Korean – born American football player moved to Atlanta when he was only one year old. Once in high school his football coach, Mike Parris at Forest Park High School in Forest Park, Georgia, pushed Ward to showcase his athletic skills as a quarterback, and was two-time Clayton County Offensive Player of the Year. He spent his college years as a wide receiver for the University of Georgia Bulldogs, Ward’s 149 career receptions for 1,965 yards placed him second in team history. After discovering he did not have an ACL in one of his legs, his draft pick value dropped and he was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round in 1998. He has since led the Steelers in at least one team category every year, has earned three team Most Valuable Player (MVP) selections, and was named co-captain for the 2006 Steelers Super Bowl Team. He is also a four-time consecutive NFL Pro Bowl selection (2001-2004) and is the only player in Pro Bowl history to score a touchdown on an onside kick. He has led the Steelers to the Super Bowl 3 times and is a 2-time Super Bowl champion. He has broken many Steeler records including the all-time receptions record previously held by Hall of Famer, Lynn Swann. He is the only receiver in Steeler history to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in four consecutive seasons and he currently holds the record for receptions in a single season. In his final season as a Steeler, Hines reached two more milestones as he became only the 8th receiver in NFL history to reach 1,000 catches in his career and the first in Steeler history and he joins only Jerry Rice as the only two players to reach 1,000 career receptions and win multiple Super Bowls. He also surpassed the 12,000 yards receiving mark as well and moved into 19th place in NFL history and is among the NFL’s elite receivers with 1000 career catches. He is also known for winning the 12th Season of Dancing With The Stars!
Hines has used his fame to give back to the community through a number of organizations including; Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation, Pearl S. Buck International, Hines Ward Helping Hands Korea Foundation, The Caring Foundation, Cystic, Fibrosis Foundation, Salvation Army, Make a Wish Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and Take a Player to School. the LNP’s High School Sports All-Star Awards is excited to have such a talented and good hearted player as a guest speaker at this years Awards. To help him give back to the Lancaster County’s athlete community purchase a ticket to the May 18th, 2016 LNP’s High School Sports All-Star Awards at 6pm at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex – Field House.
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This past Monday Emmitt Smith and Mark Cuban spoke out about mental illness awareness in partnership with Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. The institute has started a website called OkaytoSay.org in which people can share their stories and offer support to spread the word that effective treatment is available statewide.
Emmitt Smith is a Pensacola, Florida native where he played high school football for Escambia High School and ran for 106 touchdowns and 8,804 yards which at the time was the second most ever by a high school football player in history. Smith received a scholarship to play college football at the University of Florida and started in his third career game as a Gator. Smith broke the 1,000 yard mark after only seven games which was the fastest any player has reached that mark to start a college career. After three years with the Gators, Smith already owned many Florida rushing records including career touchdowns with 36, career rushing yards with 3,928, and career rushing yards per game average with 126.7. Smith decided to forgo his senior season at Florida and entered the 1990 NFL Draft where he was selected with the 17th pick by the Dallas Cowboys. Smith was the first player in NFL history to rush for 1,400 yards or more in five consecutive seasons. In 2001, Smith ran for over 1,000 yards for an amazing 11 consecutive seasons with 1,000 yards and the first to do so in a career. He currently holds career rushing records in yards with over 18,000 and rushing touchdowns with 164. During his time with the Cowboys, Smith also won three Super Bowls, a Super Bowl MVP, and made it to eight Pro-Bowls.
Mark Cuban is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native who skipped his senior year in high school to enroll at the University of Pittsburgh. Cuban later transferred to Indiana University because it had the cheapest tuition of all the schools in the top ten of business. After graduation, Cuban left for Dallas, Texas where he began working with Your Business Software, one of the first PC software retailers in Dallas. After being fired Cuban started his own business called MicroSolutions which was sold to CompuServe for six million dollars. Afterwards, Cuban, teamed with another Indiana University alum, started Audionet. Audionet was sold in 1999 for 5.7 billion in Yahoo! stock. Cuban has since entered into many startups giving them name recognition and helping many of them reach new heights. In January of 2000 Cuban bought a majority stake in the Dallas Mavericks for 285 million dollars and has owned the team ever since. In the 20 years before his purchase of the team, the team only won forty percent of their games and since have won 69 percent of their games. In 2011, the Mavericks reached the NBA Finals for the second time under Cuban but this time beat the same team that defeated them in their last appearance winning the NBA title. Since his ownership, Cuban has shown much love for the game and his Mavericks which can be seen in the amount of fines the NBA has slapped on him due to his criticizing of referees.
This past Monday Mark Cuban and Emmitt Smith spoke out about mental health awareness. With high profile athletes and owners such as Smith and Cuban the campaign should gain traction about a subject many do not or do not want to speak about.
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