The Game Showcases the Nation's Top High School Baseball Players
Baltimore, MD. (May 23, 2008) Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE:UA) Under Armour and Baseball Factory today announced that the 2008 Under Armour All-America Baseball game will be played at the historic Wrigley Field on Sunday, August 17. Previously called the Cape Cod High School Baseball Classic presented by Under Armour, this marks the first-year that Under Armour will serve as the game's title sponsor. This is the first-ever high school All-America game to be played at Wrigley Field. The game is airing live nationally on ESPNU at 1:20 p.m. CDT.
The 2008 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, will showcase thirty-six of the nation's best rising juniors and seniors, competing in a Baseball Factory versus Team One Baseball match-up. The players are selected by a committee of Baseball Factory and Team One Baseball scouts.
"We're excited to present the premier event for the country's elite high school baseball players," said Steve Battista, Senior Vice President, Brand. "The tradition-rich and world-famous Wrigley Field is the perfect venue to spotlight the talented-young baseball players who are changing the face of the game."
Since the game's inception in 2005, 39 participants have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft including Josh Vitters (No.3 overall pick in 2007, Chicago Cubs) and Philippe Aumont (No.11 overall pick in 2007, Seattle Mariners). The game provides the players the opportunity to perform in front of numerous scouting directors and player personnel decision makers from Major League Baseball. Approximately 100 scouts and college coaches attended last year's game to evaluate the Under Armour All-Americans.
"Baseball Factory works with 7,000 players each year at more than 200 events nationwide. From these players and recommendations from our scouting network we select the best high school players in the nation to compete in the Under Armour All-America Game, powered by Baseball Factory," said Steve Sclafani, CEO and Founder, Baseball Factory. "We are excited to join Under Armour in showcasing these talented players at Wrigley Field and across the country on ESPNU." Tickets will go on sale at 3:00 p.m. through cubs.com and tickets.com. All tickets will be $5 and seating will be general admission.
"Our partnership with Under Armour is truly unique and special, "stated Matt Wszolek, Chicago Cubs Director of Sales and Promotions. "We are extremely honored to team up with them to host the Under Armour All-America Baseball game at Wrigley Field."
About Under Armour, Inc. Under Armour® (NYSE: UA) is a leading developer, marketer, and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories. The brand's moisture-wicking synthetic fabrications are engineered in many different designs and styles for wear in nearly every climate to provide a performance alternative to traditional natural fiber products. The Company's products are sold worldwide and worn by athletes at all levels, from youth to professional, on playing fields around the globe. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland, with European headquarters in Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium, and additional offices in Denver, Hong Kong, Toronto, and Guangzhou, China. For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.underarmour.com.
About Baseball Factory, Inc. Baseball Factory provides baseball players nationwide with the very best instruction, tournament competition, and college planning and guidance. Baseball Factory has developed programs to provide players, parents, high school coaches, college coaches, and professional scouts with year round advice and training so that they all can benefit from Baseball Factory's longstanding relationships in the baseball community. Baseball Factory acquired Team One Baseball in 2004. Team One Baseball provides exposure opportunities for the nation's top high school players to come together and play in front of large amounts of scouts and college recruiters through the company's showcase events. Together, Baseball Factory and Team One events have featured more than 180 players who have played or are currently playing in the Majors.