Spalding Sponsors 2012 Carrier Classic

November 8, 2012


Spalding® to Sponsor 2012 Carrier Classic on USS Yorktown

Spalding to Provide Equipment and Veteran Volunteers for College Basketball Double-Header

Bowling Green, KY (November XX, 2012) - Spalding®, a division of Russell Brands, LLC, the world's largest basketball equipment supplier and one of the most iconic sports brands in the world, announced today the brand will be an official sponsor of the 2012 Carrier Classic, the 2nd annual college basketball doubleheader played on Veterans Day on the deck of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. This year's event will take place Nov. 9 aboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston Harbor, SC, and feature men's teams from Marquette and Ohio State and the women's teams from Ohio State and Notre Dame. Both the Men's and Women's games will be telecast on NBC Sports Network. The Men's game between Marquette and Ohio State will tip-off live at 7:00 p.m. ET, the Women's game between Notre Dame and Ohio State will air at 11 p.m. ET.



For this year's match-ups, Spalding® will provide two Arena 10'portable backstops (same units seen on NCAA Final Four and NBA arenas) along with Spalding® ball racks.  Two Spalding® representatives, who are also military veterans,
will handle installation aboard the carrier.

"The Carrier Classic is a unique tribute to our armed forces and Spalding is honored to be part of the game," said Gary
Barfield, executive vice president, Russell Brands, LLC. "We are proud to help celebrate these great teams, our armed
service members and our country at this event."

Proceeds from the game will benefit a number of charitable organizations, including the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and Museum and the Wounded Warrior Projects.  Over 8,000 veterans and active duty military men and women attended the game, along with the nation's Commander-In-Chief, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. The event and its sponsors raised over $500,000 to benefit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, the Wounded Warrior Project and the San Diego Air and Space Museum. Game day tickets will be made available for veterans and members of the armed forces, in addition to being on sale to the public.

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A Division of Russell Brands, LLC, Spalding is the largest basketball equipment supplier in the world, and America's first baseball company. Spalding is the official basketball of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), the official backboard of the NBA and NCAA, the official baseball of the Little League World Series, the official volleyball of the King of the Beach Volleyball Tour and of the "Pro Beach Series" and the official football of Pop Warner. In addition to being a leading producer and marketer of basketballs, footballs, volleyballs and soccer balls, Spalding produces softballs under the Dudley brand. The SPALDING® and DUDLEY® trademarks are owned by Russell Brands, LLC. For more information, visit