Today, Under Armour has announced an extension with NBA MVP Stephen Curry that will keep him signed to the brand through the year 2024. The announcement was made during a surprise visit to UA headquarters in Baltimore, MD.
The Under Armour Curry Two is set to launch worldwide on October 24.
Here’s more, from our friends at UA:
Stephen Curry made a surprise appearance at Under Armour’s Global Headquarters in Baltimore today to join Founder and CEO Kevin Plank in announcing the extension of his partnership with the brand through 2024. In 2015, Curry established himself as one of the game’s best players, capturing the league MVP award and leading the Golden State Warriors to their first championship in 40 years.
“Stephen is a once-in-a-generation talent and has unprecedented influence on the game of basketball,” said Adam Peake, EVP, Global Marketing. “His work ethic, uncompromising self-belief, and commitment to the community are characteristics that make Stephen the perfect partner to ignite the growth of Under Armour in the sport of basketball and around the world. We are extremely proud to call Stephen family and we are excited to write the next chapter of our shared story.”
“Under Armour has felt like family since day one,” said Curry. “In the first two years of our partnership, we accomplished so much both on and off the court, and I’m looking forward to being part of the brand’s story for the rest of my playing career and beyond. Together we share a passion for making athletes better and instilling self-belief in athletes everywhere. The entire team has done an amazing job to develop innovative product that performs on the court and build platforms that allow me to connect with athletes all over the world. The best is yet to come.”
Under Armour launched Curry’s first signature basketball shoe, the Curry One, and his signature apparel collection in February 2015. Since its launch, the Curry One has continued to almost fully sell out across all retail distribution channels. The Curry Two recently launched in Asia as part of Curry’s first-ever Under Armour tour of the region, and it will launch in the U.S. and globally on October 24.
The brand will continue to grow Curry’s signature footwear line and collection of products through year-round initiatives and increased global availability.
In addition, Curry will continue to play a central role in global brand marketing campaigns, including training, lifestyle offerings and Under Armour’s Connected FitnessTM platforms. Curry’s integration into the brand’s suite of Connected Fitness apps, which will help elevate his game and enhance his fitness regimen, will include designing new training programs that will be available for all consumers.
The extended partnership with Curry is the latest reflection of Under Armour’s fast-growing momentum in basketball. In August, the brand announced a new 10-year partnership with the NBA, designating the brand as the title partner of NBA Draft Combine, presenting partner of the Jr. NBA program in the U.S. and partner of the NBA Fit App, which will be powered by Connected Fitness. The partnership also extends marketing rights to Asia, allowing Under Armour to promote Curry and other athletes on its NBA roster in greater China using NBA uniforms and league marks.