Sports Authority Becomes Official Sponsor Of IYSA

The Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) announced today that Sports Authority has become a sponsor of Illinois’ largest youth soccer organization and the Official Sporting Goods Store of the IYSA.

“We are very excited to add Sports Authority as a sponsor of Illinois Youth Soccer,” said Mary Jane Bender, Illinois Youth Soccer Executive Director. “We only partner with companies that provide quality products and services and are at the top of their industry. Sports Authority certainly meets our criteria and we look forward to working with them.”

Sports Authority is one of the nation’s largest Sporting Good Retail Store. They operate over 460 stores across the United States, with 35 stores in the state of Illinois alone. Sports Authority has a rich history, dating back almost a century, of being an industry leader in providing a wide assortment of quality, brand-name sporting goods. Sports Authority is dedicated to providing customers with the best shopping experience possible by consistently providing great brands at great values.

“Sports Authority is incredibly excited to be partnering with Illinois Youth Soccer and we believe it’s a great fit for both Illinois Youth Soccer and Sports Authority," said Marisa Aurelius and Kiki Vander Weg, Community Marketing Managers for Sports Authority. "We are extremely passionate about communities, youth sports and all that are involved in both. We feel that we are not only getting involved and giving back to a great association, but we are becoming a part of a great soccer community."

Exclusive coupons and special Illinois Youth Soccer shopping days are among the direct benefits members of Illinois Youth Soccer will receive from this new partnership.

Because of their commitment to Illinois Youth Soccer and it’s 80,000 players, the Illinois Youth Soccer Presidents Cup will be renamed the Sports Authority Presidents Cup beginning in Fall 2013

Sports Authority has also made a three-year commitment to Illinois Youth Soccer’s Soccer For Success Program. Illinois Youth Soocer-Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity. IYSA currently runs programs in 16 Chicago Public School (CPS), catholic school and community centers in the city and impacts over 800 kids each year .

As part of their support of the Soccer For Success Program, Sports Authority will sponsor the Copa Chicago, the end of year tournament between CPS school that participate in the Soccer For Success Program. The Sports Authority Copa Chicago will be held June 1, 2013 at Adams Park, 1400 S. Loomis in Chicago.

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