From our friends at S.K.Y. Streetball:
SHANGHAI, China (July 26, 2011) — The S.K.Y. Streetball Syndicate today announced a two-game sponsorship and player branding deal with Gatorade for the territory of China.
The two-game Tour is an extension to a five-game swing for the S.K.Y. team in China next month.
The deal, which will include licensing and retail extensions, will run through February 2012. Four players, including Dennis “Spyda” Chism (Atlanta, Ga.), Pat “The Rock” Robinson (Baltimore, Md.), Taurian “Mr. 720” Fontennette (Hitchcock, Texas), and John “Helicopter” Humphrey (New Bern, NC) will appear on labels of Gatorade throughout the China. A 30-second television commercial featuring S.K.Y. players has already been running nationwide since June.
The “Gatorade Ultimate Streetball Challenge” will kick off with a game on August 5 in Shanghai. The S.K.Y. team will play against the Street China All-Stars, a team of top streetball players from across China. The event will also feature an appearance with Miami Heat superstar Dwayne Wade as the honorary coach of Street China and will be broadcast live on Shanghai G-Sports TV. The second game of the Tour will be on August 10 in Guangzhou China. That game will also be broadcast live on Guangdong Sports TV.
“This new partnership with Gatorade is a quantum leap for S.K.Y., its brand, and its players,” added S.K.Y. Streetball Syndicate President Lee Greene. “To place our players on the labels of one of the top worldwide brands and to be associated with something so symbolic for basketball is an honor. In China, over 300 million people play basketball. They look up to American basketball and its players. We have some of the top streetball talent in the world playing for S.K.Y., so it’s also a great extension for Gatorade.”
“We are extremely proud to announce this partnership between S.K.Y. and Gatorade in China”, said Sean Chu, Managing Partner for S.K.Y. in the Asia Pacific Region. “This partnership is a culmination of over two years of discussions and planning with Gatorade, and it marks the start of a multi-year, multi-faceted partnership” continued Chu.
The S.K.Y. Streetball Syndicate was founded in 2007 and has offices in China, Bermuda, and the United States. The team has played in front of sold out audiences in over 10 countries.
Greene added: “We hope to continue to grow this partnership from year to year. It’s certainly a major deal within the life of a young brand like S.K.Y.”
S.K.Y. Streetball Syndicate partnered with Gatorade on a Taking It To The Streets War stratagems, as one of its 36 points. For more information, click here.