American Athletic, Inc. was founded in 1954, and this iconic brand has enjoyed a rich history due to innovative ideas and a commitment to excellence ever since.
In 2004, Russell Brands, LLC acquired American Athletic, Inc. (“AAI”), located in Jefferson, Iowa, and consolidated its Spalding® equipment, namely basketball systems, volleyball systems and gymnasium equipment, under one roof, alongside AAI®’s gymnastic and cheer equipment products. In this way, the Spalding® brand was paired with AAI’s 60 years of equipment expertise in manufacturing world-class athletic equipment. Today, the company continues to pursue perfection in quality and customer service to achieve timeless dedication and trusted
Since the brand’s creation, AAI has experienced exponential growth in both its product lines as well as in its influence in the gymnastics community. Here are some of the brand’s most important accomplishments:
AAI® products have been the foundation of most historic events in gymnastics history. The dedication of our employees to the sport and their relentless efforts have enabled the most renowned gymnasts to reach new heights. The famous AAI® logo has been the backdrop to some of the most renowned gymnastics events, including:
Today, AAI is the official equipment supplier to USA Gymnastics®, NCAA® Gymnastics Championships, the YMCA® National Championships, the Kurt Thomas Invitational, the Nadia Comaneci International Invitational, the Bart Connor Invitational, and the WOGA Invitational. AAI is also an official supporter of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
The AAI family includes many life-long employees. This family-oriented longevity is created by common goals and a commitment to shared success. Some long-time employees reflect on their years at AAI: