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USA Gymnastics extends relationship with AAI as Official Equipment Supplier for Artistic Gymnastics Development, Xcel programs
INDIANAPOLIS (January 19, 2023) – USA Gymnastics has extended its partnership with the organization’s longest-standing partner, announcing a renewal with American Athletic, Inc. (AAI) as an Official Equipment Supplier.
A partner of USA Gymnastics since 1963, AAI will continue to serve as the Official Gymnastics Equipment Supplier for the USA Gymnastics Artistic Development and Xcel Programs. The two programs collectively serve more than 75 percent of USA Gymnastics membership and are the cornerstone of mass participation and elite development in the sport. The partnership with AAI is complemented by USA Gymnastics’ welcoming of Spieth America as the equipment supplier for USA Gymnastics’ other disciplines and artistic Elite and National Team programs.
In 1972, AAI began its role as the Official Equipment Supplier for USAG local and regional championship events, as well as elite national championships. The current partnership focuses on the development programs in which more than 100,000 young athletes participate each year.
“We are thrilled to have AAI continue to support our development and grass roots programs,” USA Gymnastics President and CEO Li Li Leung said. “Sustaining and strengthening the partnerships that have been foundational to this organization and our growth is so important for us and our community. We are thrilled to continue our work with AAI and look forward to the future.”
Starting in 2023 the USA Gymnastics’ men’s and women’s artistic Development Program National Championships will be Presented by AAI. They will supply equipment to this and to the Eastern and Western Championships and support the Regional Championships with cooperation from their dealer network. They also will supply equipment for the Gymnastics for All National Championships and Gymfest and will continue to support hands-on educational clinics at National and Regional Congresses.
“AAI’s long-standing partnership with USA Gymnastics and decades of dedication to the sport shine through within this agreement,” said Lisa Ebersole, AAI Product Marketing Manager. “Growth of the sport, and growth of the athletes is a key driver for us and allows us to focus on our core – supporting the gymnastics clubs and building the future.”
The first major artistic development events of the 2023 season will be the Eastern and Western Championships for men and women, taking place in April and May, respectively.
About USA Gymnastics
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States, overseeing six disciplines: acrobatic, artistic, gymnastics for all, parkour, rhythmic, and trampoline and tumbling. A member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and International Gymnastics Federation, the organization serves more than 200,000 members, including athletes from the beginner to elite levels, parents, coaches, clubs and club owners, and supports the U.S. teams for the Olympic Games, World Championships, and other top-tier international events. USA Gymnastics is committed to delivering top-quality education, actively growing the sport across all levels and disciplines, and providing safe, positive and empowering experiences for all participants. For more on USA Gymnastics, visit www.usagym.org. To watch live and on-demand USA Gymnastics coverage, visit flipnow.tv.
About American Athletic, Inc.
American Athletic, Inc. (AAI) is an iconic brand that has a rich history for manufacturing and supplying world-class gymnastics equipment for all levels since 1954. Headquartered in Jefferson, Iowa, the company operates three facilities totaling over 240,000 square feet and employs about 100 people. AAI is the official supplier and partner to USA Gymnastics and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), exclusive equipment supplier of the Texas High School Gymnastics Coaches Association (THSGCA) as well as a proud partner with the Federation Internationale De Gymnastique (FIG). AAI supplies over 500+ events each year with the help of their trusted dealer network and takes pride in their accomplishments while continually pursuing perfection in quality, service and supplying equipment to grow the sport and our future athletes. For more information on AAI, visit www.americanathletic.com.