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Russell Athletic Changes the Game with New, State-Of-The-Art Shoulder Pad System
Russell Athletic Changes the Game with New, State-Of-The-Art Shoulder Pad System

"CarbonTek with OS Technology" Features Superior Protection with Revolutionary Design & Fit

Bowling Green, Ky. (June 3, 2014) - Russell Brands, LLC today introduced "CarbonTek with OS Technology™" (patent pending), the first ever Russell Athletic® football shoulder pad system. The CarbonTek shoulder pad system, which demonstrated a significant reduction in transmitted force in comparative testing with competitive products, will provide football players with the latest evolution in protective gear. The new shoulder pad system has been tested on-field by elite athletes and undergone scientific and field evaluations by leading experts to demonstrate superior impact management, fit and performance.

The CarbonTek with OS Technology shoulder pad system was imagined, designed and engineered by Russell Athletic in conjunction with some of the best minds in protection technology, including collegiate and professional football equipment managers and training staffs as well as aerospace and automotive engineers – experts in designing strong, yet lightweight materials built to manage the effects of high speed impacts. The CarbonTek with OS Technology combines those materials with Russell Athletic's knowledge of athletic performance management products to create a dynamic new shoulder pad system that represents the latest in groundbreaking innovation from Russell Athletic.

"Russell Athletic has a long tradition of manufacturing sporting goods that push the category forward, and we are very excited about the CarbonTek shoulder pad system," said Robby Davis, Russell Athletic Sr. Vice President General Manager. "This is an important category for us and our industry. We believe there has been a particular void in innovation in the shoulder pad space. That's where CarbonTek comes in—we can utilize Russell Athletic's roots in football and dedication to quality and innovation to create what we believe is a product with superior impact management, a lower profile and a better fit for players."

At the core of the CarbonTek with OS Technology shoulder pad system are two revolutionary materials combining for a unique protective advantage: an automotive grade foam vest and a 100% carbon fiber exoskeleton. This unique design combines to offer the athlete the following product attributes:

OS Technology Compression Vest

  • Fabric and design hold padding close to the body for maximum protection
  • X-ray images are visible while wearing the padding system
  • Can be used without exoskeleton for non-contact days
  • Odor management technology
  • Machine Washable

Carbon Fiber Exoskeleton

  • 100% Aerospace grade carbon fiber resulting in 10% reduction in weight vs. competitors
  • Better impact management than traditional plastic
  • Exoskeleton molded to fit an athlete's body
  • Military-grade buckle system for secure fit that reduces bulk

Russell Athletic enlisted the help of industry experts to test the CarbonTek with OS Technology including sports equipment specialists and elite football players. Sports equipment scientist, Dr. Richard Brandt, conducted a series of laboratory tests on impact forces and energy dispersion and in the process developed a new, innovative shoulder pad study (patent pending).

"We subjected the CarbonTek shoulder pad and the best alternative pads to controlled rigorous impact tests in order to determine which pad was most effective in reducing the large impact forces experienced by football players," Dr. Brandt, founder of Sports Science Inc. said. "To simulate the collisions experienced by these players, we impacted a pad-protected human torso model, appropriately modified and instrumented, with solid loads chosen to reproduce the large forces encountered in player collisions. In these tests, CarbonTek outperformed the other shoulder pads tested in all assessed aspects of impact dispersion, with the most notable finding being a more than 63% reduction in the average force felt through the CarbonTek shoulder pad system in a 600 pound impact test."

You can find more information about CarbonTek with OS Technology™ at www.RussellAthletic.com, facebook.com/russellathletic, Twitter.com/RussellAthletic.

DISCLAIMER: Russell Athletic commissioned Sports Science, Inc., to develop and conduct impact testing on various shoulder pad models including the CarbonTek Shoulder Pad. While the testing indicated that the CarbonTek Shoulder Pad offered improved impact management compared to the other shoulder pad models tested, no claim is made by Russell Athletic that the CarbonTek Shoulder Pad will reduce football injuries. No shoulder pad can eliminate the risk of serious injury while participating in football. The testing measured various impact force dispersion rates based on varying levels of consistent force applied to each pad. The level of force applied was determined to be typical of the range of impact players may experience while playing a live football game, with impact force dispersion measured at an average of six-hundred pounds (600 lbs.).

Russell Athletic and All Pro Dad Name Four Winners for the 2014 "Always There Award"
Russell Athletic and All Pro Dad Name Four Winners for the 2014 "Always There Award"

Unsung heroes are honored with "Always There Award" for their support for high school athletic programs.

Bowling Green, Ky. (May 16, 2014) - Russell Athletic and All Pro Dad, a national charity dedicated to strengthening the relationship between fathers and their children, today announced the 2014 winners of the "Always There Award," an honor given to the unsung heroes who support high school athletic programs. The recipients are Susan Gallian (Waynesboro, Tenn.); Ronnie Herrington (Laurel, Miss.); Tricia Matthews (Willis, Tex.) and Foster St. Andre (Oakdale, La.).

The "Always There Award" was created by Russell Athletic and All Pro Dad in 2013 to reward individuals who have a positive impact on the high school athletic program in their community. After last year's outstanding response for entries, the 2014 campaign doubled the number of winners (from two to four), while expanding the pool of eligible applicants to 11 different states in the Southeastern US, including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky and South Carolina.

All four winners will receive a Russell Athletic prize pack and a $1,000 athletic equipment grant for their respective community's local high school. The recipients will be honored at a breakfast hosted by All Pro Dad national spokesman, former NFL Head Coach and two-time Super Bowl Champion, Tony Dungy on May 16 in Tampa, Fla.

"We are thrilled to team up with All Pro Dad for the second annual 'Always There Award,' recognizing four winners who go to such extraordinary lengths to support high school athletics," said Robby Davis, Senior Vice President General Manager, Russell Athletic. "Building a strong athletic program requires so much more than just players and coaches, and this award identifies hard working volunteers that go above and beyond for student athletes."

About The Winners

Susan Gallian is a devoted community member to Wayne County High School athletic programs in Waynesboro, Tenn., a former All-State Lady Cat who led the basketball team to its first state tournament appearance in 1974. She is one of the founding members of the WCHS Quarterback Club, which helped raise funds to build a much-needed field house for the football team. Outside of that, she volunteers many hours to operate the concession stand without pay, keeps stats at all games to help write weekly articles for the local newspaper and is instrumental in setting up team pre-game meals and after-game drinks and snacks. Susan is a dedicated athletic supporter who is always there to give an encouraging word to the person who needs it most.

Ronnie Herrington has always gone above and beyond to help out the players and coaching staff for the West Jones High School athletic department in Laurel, Miss. Each week during football season, he personally assumes the financial burden of providing food for the entire football team on Wednesday and Thursday, and delivered equipment to the team using his personal vehicle and trailer on Friday nights. Ronnie and his family have also established a scholarship fund, giving up to five deserving students an award to help pay for their first semester of college, helping out several hard working families in the community. Ronnie recognizes the rich heritage and history of West Jones High School, and wants to do whatever is necessary to continue a tradition of success.

Tricia Matthews is the glue that holds athletic programs together in Willis, Tex. Working as an art teacher in the high school, Tricia devotes the rest of her day to supporting Willis High School athletes and coaches. She drives kids to practice, provides meals to student athletes and even puts clothes on their back if they are in need. During the summer, Tricia will drive kids to summer strength and conditioning workouts and then take them to her house to make sure they get fed. Tricia has served as a true inspiration in the community, sending positive notes to coaches and players, and her presence is crucial in the Willis High School community.

Foster St. Andre, a graduate of Oakdale High School in Oakdale, La., has made it his personal goal to help the small town community's youth through athletics. Without a strong core of community volunteers, Foster coaches as many as four different teams a year for football, five for basketball, and two for softball. Foster embodies "The Warrior Way", a key motto at Oakdale High School which means to do the right thing. For many students who don't have a positive male role model in their lives, Foster is always there for countless youth through athletics, from the age of four all the way through graduation.

"We are honored to recognize these four winners, who use high school athletics to spark leadership and make a positive impact in their communities," said Coach Dungy. "Role models like Susan, Ronnie, Tricia and Foster are truly always there for their teams. We hope that these athletic equipment grants lead to more opportunities for their student athletes to succeed, both on the field and in the classroom."

From March 17 until April 28, community members from eligible states submitted names to www.allprodad.com/alwaysthere to explain in 1,000 words or less why their nominee deserved to win the "Always There Award."

About RUSSELL BRANDS, LLC

For more than 100 years, Russell Brands, LLC, has supplied America's athletes and teams with the latest innovations to help them perform at their best and is a leading supplier of apparel and team uniforms at the high school, college and professional levels. Russell's collegiate licensed products and athletic wear are broadly distributed and marketed through department stores, sports specialty stores, retail chains and college bookstores. For more information, please visit www.RussellAthletic.com, facebook.com/russellathletic, Twitter.com/RussellAthletic.

About FAMILY FIRST

Family First is a national nonprofit organization that reaches thousands of parents each day through its three primary programs: All Pro Dad, www.AllProDad.com; iMOM, www.iMOM.com; and the Family Minute with Mark Merrill, www.FamilyMinute.com.

Buena Vista High School Honored as Recipient of Russell Athletic's Third Annual "Fight Like Dylan Award"
Buena Vista High School Honored as Recipient of Russell Athletic's Third Annual "Fight Like Dylan Award"

After overcoming adversity, Buena Vista High School is awarded $50,000 for team uniforms and equipment.

Bowling Green, KY (Dec. 27, 2013) - Russell Brands, LLC has announced Buena Vista High School (Colo.) as the recipient of the third annual "Fight Like Dylan Award," which honors the courageous life of Dylan Rebeor, a terminally-ill player whose last wish was for new uniforms for his teammates. In honor of Dylan's character, courage and consideration of others, Russell will grant a $50,000 team uniform and equipment donation to Buena Vista High School for demonstrating determination through adversity.

The town of Buena Vista, Colo. suffered an awful tragedy in September, when a rock slide took the lives of five people on a family hike, including assistant football coach Dwayne Johnson and his wife, track and field coachDawna Johnson. Three other family members also passed away, but through Dwayne's strength and courage, he was able to save the couple's 13-year-old daughter, Gracie Johnson. The football team was understandably overcome with emotion the rest of the season but made an incredible run, finishing with an 11-1 record before falling in the CHSAA 1A Football Championship state semifinals.

"We had an extremely difficult decision this year with more than 110 quality entries for this year's Fight Like Dylan Award," said Gary Barfield, Sr. Vice President, Russell Athletic. "Buena Vista's story is truly inspiring, especially in the way that the team and community rallied around this tragedy, and showed how athletics can be a powerful motivator in the most troubling of times. We are honored to celebrate Dylan's life and the lives of Dwayne and Dawna Johnson and their loved ones through this grant to Buena Vista High School."

Dylan Rebeor, a Columbia, Tenn., native, was just 16 when he passed away Dec. 3, 2010 following an eight-month battle against cancer. Rebeor was a wide receiver on Columbia Central High School's football team, dying just hours before his team won their first state championship in 58 years. Throughout his ordeal, Dylan's commitment and dedication to his team never wavered. In fact, his final wish was for his teammates to receive brand new uniforms through the Make-A-Wish Foundation for the upcoming season. The Fight Like Dylan Award was established by Russell Athletic in conjunction with Dylan's family and coaches to celebrate Dylan's life and selflessness.

"Dylan's life may have been cut short by devastating circumstances, but he lived an extraordinary life while he was here with us," said Heather Rebeor, Dylan's mother. "We're in awe that Dylan's memory and spirit will live on through the Russell Athletic 'Fight Like Dylan Award.' Dylan truly cared about others more than himself and now his legacy will be seen across football fields, soccer fields and basketball courts forever."

New to this season, select members of the Buena Vista High School community will travel to Orlando and be recognized on-field on December 28th, 2013 at the Russell Athletic Bowl. The matchup between Miami and Louisville will kick off at 6:45 PM ET, airing on ESPN.

Previous recipients of the Fight Like Dylan grant include:

  • 2011 Edmonson County High School (Edmonson, KY) - Edmonson's football team banded together to find success following the news of three-year starting offensive lineman Jacob Irwin being diagnosed with cancer during his senior season.
  • 2012 Williamsport High School (Williamsport, MD) - After losing senior standout athletes Samantha Kelly and Brendon Colliflower tragically in a car accident on their prom night, both the volleyball and baseball teams went on to win the Maryland 2A State Championships the following season.

To be eligible for the "Fight Like Dylan Award," teams submitted their stories on the Russell Athletic® Facebook page explaining how their team overcame a challenge or triumphed in the face of adversity while embodying Dylan's spirit and courage in his battle against cancer. Former pro football head coach and current NBC Sports Football analyst Tony Dungy and pro football players Mark Ingram, Pierre Garcon and Colt McCoy served on the "Fight Like Dylan Award" selection committee, along with Dylan's mother, Heather, and former Columbia Central High School head coach, Vance Belew.

About RUSSELL BRANDS, LLC

For more than 100 years, Russell Brands, LLC, has supplied America's athletes and teams with the latest innovations to help them perform at their best and is a leading supplier of apparel and team uniforms at the high school, college and professional levels. Russell's collegiate licensed products and athletic wear are broadly distributed and marketed through department stores, sports specialty stores, retail chains and college bookstores. For more information, please visit www.RussellAthletic.com, facebook.com/russellathletic, Twitter.com/RussellAthletic.

Entries Open for Russell Athletic's Third Annual "Fight Like Dylan," Honoring Teams Triumphing Over Adversity
Entries Open for Russell Athletic's Third Annual "Fight Like Dylan," Honoring Teams Triumphing Over Adversity

Russell Athletic will donate apparel and equipment via a $50,000 grant to one high school team that has demonstrated determination through sports.

Bowling Green, Ky., (Sept. 23, 2013) - Russell Brands, LLC announced today it will begin accepting entries for the third annual "Fight Like Dylan Award," named in honor of Dylan Rebeor, a high school football player whose last wish was for his teammates to receive new uniforms. Through this initiative, Russell Athletic will donate apparel and equipment via a $50,000 grant to one high school team that has demonstrated determination through sports, paying tribute to Dylan's remarkable character, courage and consideration of others.

Rebeor was a wide receiver on Columbia (Tenn.) Central High School's football team, but tragically passed away at the age of 16 on Dec. 3, 2010 after a courageous battle with colon cancer. Despite Dylan's insurmountable challenges during treatment, his commitment and dedication to his team never wavered. Inspired by their fallen teammate, that season the Columbia Central Lions took home their first state championship in 58 years.

"Russell Athletic is proud to bring back this award and celebrate the tremendous courage of Dylan Rebeor under the most challenging of circumstances," said Gary Barfield, Senior Vice President, Russell Brands, LLC. "Each year, we are inspired by the remarkable support of communities who overcome great obstacles to allow their youth sports teams to succeed both on and off the field."

Last year's "Fight Like Dylan Award" recipient was Williamsport High School of Williamsport, Maryland. In May of 2012, the community lost two senior standout athletes, who were both tragically killed in a car accident on the way home from attending the school prom. Using the memory of these young people as motivation, both the volleyball and baseball teams went on to win the Maryland 2A State Championships the following season.

To be eligible for the "Fight Like Dylan Award," teams must submit a post through the Russell Athletic® Facebook page explaining how their team overcame a challenge or triumphed in the face of adversity. Anyone is eligible to submit an entry on behalf of their favorite high school team by logging onto www.facebook.com/russellathletic. Entries will be accepted now through December 2nd. The contest's official rules are also available on the site.

"Dylan had an extraordinary life and always inspired others while dealing with difficult circumstances," said Heather Rebeor, Dylan's mother. "We're so proud that Dylan's memory and spirit will live on through the Russell Athletic 'Fight Like Dylan Award.' He truly cared about others more than himself and now his legacy will continue with youth sports teams across the country."

Russell Athletic ambassadors and NFL players Pierre Garcon (wide receiver, Washington Redskins), Mark Ingram(running back, New Orleans Saints) and Colt McCoy (quarterback, San Francisco 49ers) will serve on the "Fight Like Dylan Award" selection committee. Also on the committee is All Pro Dad NFL spokesperson and current NBC Sports Football analyst Tony Dungy, as well as Dylan's mother, Heather, and Columbia Central High School head coach, Vance Belew. The 3rd annual winner of the "Fight Like Dylan Award" will be announced at the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl, taking place Dec. 28, 2013 at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, in Orlando, FL.

For more information, official rules or to submit an entry for the "Fight Like Dylan Award" please visit facebook.com/russellathletic.

About RUSSELL BRANDS, LLC

For more than 100 years, Russell has supplied America's athletes and teams with the latest innovations to help them perform at their best and is a leading supplier of apparel and team uniforms at the high school, college and professional levels. Russell's collegiate licensed products and athletic wear are broadly distributed and marketed through department stores, sports specialty stores, retail chains and college bookstores. For more information, please visit www.RussellAthletic.com.

Russell Athletic Brand Ambassador Pierre Garcon Gives Back to Three Local High School Football Teams with Uniform Giveaway
Russell Athletic Brand Ambassador Pierre Garcon Gives Back to Three Local High School Football Teams with Uniform Giveaway

Russell Athletic brand ambassador and Washington wide receiver Pierre Garcon delivered three high school football teams with new Russell Athletic uniforms.

Washington, D.C., (Aug. 21, 2013) – Russell Athletic brand ambassador and Washington wide receiver Pierre Garcon visited three Washington, D.C. area high schools, delivering their respective football teams with new Russell Athletic uniforms yesterday. The teams selected were from Thomas Jefferson (Alexandra, VA), Theodore Roosevelt (Washington, DC) and Springbrook (Silver Spring, MD).

"I want to thank Russell Athletic for helping me give back to the Washington DC community in such an impactful way," said Garcon. "Seeing the look on these kids' faces, it definitely reminds me how fortunate I am to be in the NFL and have a platform to make such a difference in their lives."

Garcon visited all three schools in one day, hours after playing on Monday Night Football the previous evening. On each stop of the 40-plus mile trek and nearly eight-hour day, Garcon delivered the uniforms, gave an inspiring pep talk to each team, and finished with a Q&A while meeting with high school players and community members, signing autographs and taking photos.

"Pierre is a phenomenal role model and we're privileged to have him be a part of the Russell Athletic family," said Gary Barfield, Executive Vice President, Russell Brands, LLC. "We hope our selected high schools enjoy their uniforms and give them a great sense of pride each time they take the field this season."

The schools won the new uniforms by entering a social media contest hosted by Pierre's team earlier this summer. All teams received Russell Athletic's stretch mesh fabric uniform, with dri-power technology. A player representative also accompanied Garcon at each presentation, modeling the uniform and giving teammates and the community a first look at their new Russell Athletic gear.

Russell Athletic prides itself on community initiatives, working with a variety of youth sports at each level. This past year Russell Athletic made a uniform and equipment donation to the City of Orlando Youth Football (COYF) in conjunction with the Russell Athletic Bowl. In September, Russell Athletic will begin the selection process for the third annual Fight Like Dylan Award, which celebrates one high school team that has demonstrated determination through sports. Russell Athletic is also the "Official Uniform Provider of the Little League Baseball and Softball World Series."

Garcon is developing a reputation as a strong presence in charity work, also conducting work with the Boys & Girls Club of Washington and The Pierre Garcon Helping Hands Foundation, which he started in 2008 to give back to the youth community. Special projects include an all-white charity benefit event in DC, and a new basketball court constructed near Pierre's childhood home in Belle Glade, FL.

About RUSSELL BRANDS, LLC

For more than 100 years, Russell Brands, LLC, has supplied America's athletes and teams with the latest innovations to help them perform at their best and is a leading supplier of apparel and team uniforms at the high school, college and professional levels. Russell's collegiate licensed products and athletic wear are broadly distributed and marketed through department stores, sports specialty stores, retail chains and college bookstores. For more information, please visit www.RussellAthletic.com, facebook.com/russellathletic, Twitter.com/RussellAthletic.

Russell Athletic Introduces New Uniform Fabric "Maximum Strength Compression"
Russell Athletic Introduces New Uniform Fabric "Maximum Strength Compression"

New Fabric Provides Extra Stretch and Strength to Football Uniforms

Bowling Green, KY (January 14, 2013) – Russell Brands, LLC today announced a new uniform fabric – Maximum Strength Compression (MSC) – that provides a high stretch, high strength component to its football uniforms. MSC features a vertical pattern construction for optimal fit, while the mesh construction provides the highest breathability. The new uniform will be unveiled at the inaugural Raycom College Football All-Star Classic on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 2 p.m. (CT) at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery and will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

“We are extremely excited to launch our new MSC fabric during the Raycom All-Star Classic,” said Sarah Gholston, Vice President, Design & Merchandising for Russell Brands, LLC. “Russell Athletic has always provided superior uniforms for today’s top athletes. MSC’s construction and yarn selection provide increased stretch and strength combined with superior moisture management. It allows the players to have superior compression and performance without sacrificing functionality or comfort.”

The Ohio University and University of Louisiana at Lafayette football teams have been testing the uniforms in practice this fall, and players contend they feel, “cooler” and “lighter” while wearing the jerseys with the MSC fabric. The fabric also features enhanced abrasion resistance for long-lasting durability.

About RUSSELL ATHLETIC®

For more than 100 years, Russell Brands, LLC, has supplied America’s athletes and teams with the latest innovations to help them perform at their best and is a leading supplier of apparel and team uniforms at the high school, college and professional levels. Russell’s collegiate licensed products and athletic wear are broadly distributed and marketed through department stores, sports specialty stores, retail chains and college bookstores. For more information, please visit www.RussellAthletic.com, www.Facebook.com/RussellAthletic or www.Twitter.com/RussellAthletic.

Williamsport High School Named 2nd Annual "Fight Like Dylan Award" Recipient
Williamsport High School Named 2nd Annual "Fight Like Dylan Award" Recipient

Maryland High School Receives $50,000 Team Uniform and Equipment Grant

Bowling Green, KY (Jan. 4, 2013) - Russell Brands, LLC today announced Williamsport High School as the recipient of the second annual "Fight Like Dylan Award," which honors the courageous life of Dylan Rebeor, a terminally-ill player whose last wish was for new uniforms for his teammates. In honor of Dylan's character, courage and consideration of others, Russell will award a $50,000 team uniform and equipment grant to Williamsport High School for demonstrating determination through athletics.

This is the second school to be recognized as part of Fight Like Dylan Award program, which was established by Russell in 2011.

In May of 2012, Williamsport High School lost two senior standout athletes, volleyball and tennis player Samantha Kelly and baseball player Brendon Colliflower, both of whom were honor roll students who had plans to play sports in college. Colliflower was Pitcher of the Year for Washington County in 2011 and Kelly was selected first-team All Washington County in volleyball that same year. Tragically, they were both killed in a car accident on the way home from attending the school prom. Using the memory of these young people as motivation, both the volleyball and baseball teams went on to win the Maryland 2A State Championships the following season.

"We had an overwhelming response to our call for submissions for this year's Fight Like Dylan Award," said Gary Barfield, executive vice president, Russell Brands, LLC. "It was a tremendously difficult decision for our panel of judges, but just like Dylan's story the Williamsport story moved us beyond words. We are honored to celebrate Dylan's life and the lives of Samantha Kelly and Brendon Colliflower with this grant to Williamsport High School."

Dylan Rebeor, a Columbia, Tenn., native, was just 16 when he passed away Dec. 3, 2010 following an eight-month battle against cancer. Rebeor was a wide receiver on Columbia Central High School's football team, but died just hours before his team won their first state championship in 58 years. Throughout his ordeal, Dylan's commitment and dedication to his team never wavered. In fact, his final wish was for his teammates to receive brand new uniforms through the Make A Wish Foundation for the upcoming season. The Fight Like Dylan Award was established by Russell Athletic in conjunction with Dylan's family and coaches to celebrate Dylan's life and selflessness.

"Dylan's life may have been cut short by devastating circumstances, but he lived an extraordinary life while he was here with us," said Heather Rebeor, Dylan's mother. "We're in awe that Dylan's memory and spirit will live on by the Russell Athletic 'Fight Like Dylan Award.' Dylan truly cared about others more than himself and now his legacy will be seen across football fields, soccer fields and basketball courts forever."

To be eligible for the "Fight Like Dylan Award," teams submitted their stories on the Russell Athletic® Facebook page explaining how their team overcame a challenge or triumphed in the face of adversity while embodying Dylan's spirit and courage in his battle against cancer. Submissions for next year's award will be accepted starting in September 2013.

Former pro football head coach and current NBC Sports Football analyst Tony Dungy and pro football players Mark Ingram, Pierre Garcon and Colt McCoy served on the "Fight Like Dylan Award" selection committee, along with Dylan's mother and former Columbia Central High School head coach, Vance Belew. The award itself will be given to representatives from the Colliflower and Kelly families and Williamsport High School January 3-4 at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

About RUSSELL BRANDS, LLC

For more than 100 years, Russell Brands, LLC, has supplied America's athletes and teams with the latest innovations to help them perform at their best and is a leading supplier of apparel and team uniforms at the high school, college and professional levels. Russell's collegiate licensed products and athletic wear are broadly distributed and marketed through department stores, sports specialty stores, retail chains and college bookstores. For more information, please visit www.RussellAthletic.com, facebook.com/russellathletic, Twitter.com/RussellAthletic.

Pro Football Stars Pierre Garcon and Mark Ingram Partner with Russell Brands, LLC
Pro Football Stars Pierre Garcon and Mark Ingram Partner with Russell Brands, LLC

Athletes to Serve as Brand Ambassadors Across Communications Platforms

Bowling Green, KY (October 8, 2012) – Russell Athletic®, a division of Russell Brands, LLC, today announced new partnerships with Washington wide receiver Pierre Garçon and New Orleans running back Mark Ingram. Both star professional football players will serve as Russell ambassadors, representing the brand’s wide array of products and company interests across a number of initiatives.

“To have Pierre and Mark join the Russell Athletic family is a huge honor for us,” said Gary Barfield, executive vice president, Russell Brands, LLC. “Not only are they both exceptional athletes, but they are also both stand-up guys who we are proud to have representing our brand. Pierre and Mark are hard workers and show dedication and purpose every time they hit the field, qualities that Russell Athletic has embraced for the past 100-plus years.”

As part of this new partnership, Garçon and Ingram will each play a role in Russell Athletic® product development, working in conjunction with designers and merchandisers to conceptualize, test and refine new product technology. They will also provide professional expertise as innovation consultants across Russell’s variety of apparel and equipment lines at the youth, recreational, high school and collegiate levels.

In addition to product development, Garçon and Ingram will also appear in future in-store, consumer and trade advertising, as well as represent the brand through fan meet-and-greets, social media activity and youth camps. The athletes’ agreements with Russell Brands, LLC , span three years, through the 2014-2015 season. They will also both serve on a panel of judges for the Russell Athletic® Fight Like Dylan Award, which annually honors a high school team with a $50,000 team uniform and equipment grant.

“I’ve been wearing Russell Athletic my entire life, from team uniforms to practice gear,” said Garçon. “When you think of football, you think of Russell Athletic. I’m proud to be part of an organization with such a rich history in sports.”

“From youth leagues to high school, Russell Athletic products have played a role in making me the player I am today,” added Ingram “I’m honored to be part of the Russell Athletic family and continue to support a brand that has been with me since I scored my first touchdown.”

Pierre Garçon, a starter on the 2012-2013 Washington team, was drafted in the sixth round by Indianapolis in the 2008 draft. Prior to turning professional, Garçon was a football standout at Mount Union College where he collected an array of top collegiate honors. Mark Ingram the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner from of the University of Alabama, was drafted twenty-eighth overall in the first round of the 2011 draft by New Orleans. Since arriving in New Orleans, he has been a critical member of the team’s offense, punishing opposing teams with both power and speed.

The partnership with these players is another step in the Russell “Together We R” marketing campaign, which celebrates teams and the players who comprise them. Russell outfits athletes at all levels, from youth sports to the collegiate level and beyond. Russell Athletic® is the official uniform of the Little League World Series, the Harlem Globetrotters and the Arena Football League, as well as the proud sponsor of the Russell Athletic® Bowl in Orlando, Fla., through 2015. To learn more about Russell Athletic®, log on to www.RussellAthletic.com, www.Facebook.com/RussellAthletic or www.Twitter.com/RussellAthletic.

About RUSSELL ATHLETIC®

For more than 100 years, Russell Brands, LLC, has supplied America’s athletes and teams with the latest innovations to help them perform at their best and is a leading supplier of apparel and team uniforms at the high school, college and professional levels. Russell’s collegiate licensed products and athletic wear are broadly distributed and marketed through department stores, sports specialty stores, retail chains and college bookstores. For more information, please visit www.RussellAthletic.com.