AAI announces the renewal of its partnership with the NCCA as the Official Gymnastics Equipment Supplier.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Jefferson, IA – February 22, 2024 – American Athletic, Inc. (AAI), the iconic brand manufacturing world-class sports equipment since 1954, announced today the renewal of its partnership with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), a respected and longstanding partner, as the Official Gymnastics Equipment supplier. The renewal displays AAI’s ongoing commitment to the gymnastics industry at the collegiate level.

The NCAA has been an integral part of AAI’s journey, having shared a partnership that spans over 35 years and counting. The continued collaboration exemplifies AAI’s dedication to delivering top-tier gymnastics equipment while continuing to foster athlete development and empowering them to excel and reach their goals.

“Continuing our partnership with the NCAA is a win-win for everyone involved,” says Lisa Ebersole, Marketing Manager for AAI. “Together with the athletes and coaches, we can continue to grow and develop the sport to new levels.”

The NCAA encompasses ninety-six men and women collegiate gymnastic institutions across the nation, with approximately 90% of them choosing AAI for their training needs. This strong advocacy accentuates AAI as one of the top choices for coaches and athletes in the gymnastics industry. With the extended partnership, coaches and athletes will continue to experience the same high-quality trusted service, expert equipment technicians, and high performance from AAI.

“We are grateful for the continued support of AAI,” said David Clendenin, NCAA Director of Licensing. “Their partnership demonstrates an ongoing commitment to NCAA student-athletes, our gymnastics championships and our Association.”

AAI’s longstanding partnership with the NCAA has spanned over three decades, during which the organizations have jointly presented the prestigious AAI Award to recognize the most outstanding senior female gymnast in the United States. As the partnership continues, both AAI and the NCAA look forward to the opportunities and innovations it will bring in the years to come.

The 2024 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships will be held in Columbus, OH on April 19th-20th and the 2024 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships will be held in Fort Worth, TX on April 18th-20th where the winner of the 2024 AAI Award will be announced.

About the NCAA

The NCAA is a diverse association of more than 1,100 member colleges and universities that prioritize academics, well-being and fairness to create greater opportunities for nearly half a million student- athletes each year. The NCAA provides a pathway to higher education and beyond for student-athletes pursuing academic goals and competing in NCAA sports. More than 54,000 student-athletes experience the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics by competing in NCAA championships each year.

Visit ncaa.org and ncaa.com for more details about the Association and the corporate partnerships that support the NCAA and its student-athletes.

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.