The NBA and Under Armour announced a global marketing partnership today, making Under Armour the outfitter of the NBA Draft Combine and presenting partner of Jr. NBA, the L’s youth program. Additionally, Under Armour will help launch the a new mobile app to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles. Check the details from our friends at the NBA:
Under Armour and the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today a multiyear global partnership that makes Under Armour the title partner of the NBA Draft Combine and presenting partner of the Jr. NBA, the league’s youth basketball program. Under Armour will also team with the league to launch an innovative NBA FIT mobile application powered by the brand’s Connected Fitness platform. This new marketing and merchandising agreement represents a significantly expanded partnership between the NBA and Under Armour, a league partner since 2011.
As the title partner, Under Armour will become the outfitter of the NBA Draft Combine beginning in 2018, in addition to developing a retail line of NBA Draft Combine apparel for fans. The NBA Draft Combine is an invite-only showcase in which leading draft prospects participate in athletic testing, five-on-five games, and interviews with teams ahead of the NBA Draft presented by State Farm.
The Jr. NBA presented by Under Armour will launch its expanded efforts in the U.S. this October with the goal of engaging five million youth during the first two years of the program through a series of basketball clinics, skills challenges and regional tournaments. This program aims to develop a lifelong passion for basketball in boys and girls ages 6-14 by teaching them the fundamentals of the game, while emphasizing values like sportsmanship, respect, teamwork, and healthy living. The Jr. NBA will include ongoing programming from affiliated youth basketball organizations, resources for participating coaches, and instructional digital content for kids and parents.
The NBA and Under Armour will introduce the NBA FIT mobile application, which will include training tips, fitness-related content, and access to Under Armour’s definitive health and fitness platform, UA Record. Under Armour will also have global licensing rights around the brand’s Connected Fitness devices and products.