FRISCO, Texas (February 1, 2012) - US Youth Soccer, the nation's largest youth sports organization, today announced SKLZ, the global leader in athletic performance and skill development training products, as its exclusive player performance training sponsor.
"SKLZ provides our membership, from the coaches to the athletes themselves, with tools to improve their personal abilities on the field of play to create more confident players and increase their enjoyment of the game," said John Sutter, president of US Youth Soccer. "US Youth Soccer has long stood as the place to grow your game and further your opportunities. From players who want to have fun to those who will earn college scholarships, we offer the pathway. We are excited to have SKLZ support our 3 million players through training tools currently utilized by the world's top athletes."
"We are excited to partner with US Youth Soccer, an organization that provides an environment for elite youth soccer players to train and compete against the best around. Whether you're a standout player in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, cutting your teeth in national play in the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup or looking to improve your play as a beginner, SKLZ products provide the training tools necessary to improve your game," said Tom Quinn, president of SKLZ. "We are excited to bring our best-in-class products to US Youth Soccer. The result is giving athletes a sustainable edge over their competition through the next generation of performance training."
Since 2002, aspiring athletes looking to improve their games have relied on SKLZ products. As the manufacturer and distributor of multi-sport performance training tools, as well as sport-specific, skill development training products for baseball, basketball, football, soccer, golf and more, SKLZ brings to the partnership a global distribution network and brand recognized by consumers for innovation and athletic improvement.
US Youth Soccer is the largest member of the United States Soccer Federation and runs elite level programs including: US Youth Soccer National Championship Series consisting of over 10,000 teams competing for the right to advance from the state, to regional, to national championships; the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program dedicated to player identification and development opportunities; the US Youth Soccer National League is an extension of the regional leagues offering the highest levels of continuous competition and the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup geared to provide up and coming teams a first-class national competition from the state, to regional, to national championship tournaments.
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About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer)
US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®"
is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org
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