Hirings, Partnerships in Team Sports: Gill/Crown Sports, SanMar/WonderWink, Stahls/Graphic Solutions. Guardian/2nd Skull

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The start of the new year has brought a flurry of activity in the business of team sports, with a number of companies making strategic moves to position themselves for a challenging 2021.

Gill/Porter Adds Crown Sports Sales

Don Leonard with Crown Sports Sales has been brought on to represent Gill Athletics and Porter Athletic in North Carolina and South Carolina beginning this month.

“We value our network of team sales reps and know Don can effectively support you and your school customers,” Gill wrote in a release announcing the move. “We respect Don’s hands-on approach to brand representation. He is a great fit with our inside sales and service group and reflects our mission to “empower coaches with innovative equipment.”

Gill Athletics is a track and field equipment brand, offering a line of products focused on high school and college athletic programs. Porter Athletic offers a complete line of volleyball, basketball and gymnasium equipment and is a leader in new gymnasium custom-engineered equipment. its sub-brands include PowerMax training and fitness equipment, Pacer pole vaulting poles and Upper 90 soccer goals.

Leonard and Crown Sports Sales can be reached at 704-965-9586; dsleonard93@gmail.com.


SanMar Partners With WonderWink Partner To Offer Healthcare Apparel

Photo: Wonderwinkscrubshop.com

SanMar, the supplier of wholesale accessories and apparel, has entered into a partnership with WonderWink to offer healthcare scrubs as part of SanMar’s expansive product offering. The partnership marks SanMar’s entrance into the healthcare apparel space, combining the company’s extensive distribution network and industry expertise with WonderWink design, product quality and fashionable styling.

Since 1971, SanMar has championed apparel that unites people and builds up teams, groups and communities. With a passion for corporate responsibility and investing in the social good, the family-owned company’s new position in healthcare apparel is an opportunity to pair its values with a dynamic product line.

“We’re thrilled to join forces with WonderWink and supply wholesale healthcare apparel to professionals on the frontlines of the pandemic,” says SanMar president Jeremy Lott. “This partnership connects the high quality and comfort of WonderWink scrubs with our unparalleled distribution network. SanMar is proud that we can make a difference, in our own way, for our essential healthcare workers during this critical time.”

The retail line of WonderWink scrubs is crafted to provide comfort and style while meeting all functional standards. Designed with healthcare workers in mind, the scrubs include features such as breathable fabrics, multiple pockets, pen holders and badge loops.

“For nearly 50 years, SanMar has seen our employees and suppliers as part of our family,” Lott adds. “We look forward to including WonderWink as the newest addition – and to do good for our frontline workers while we’re at it.”

The SanMar and WonderWink collaboration will be available April 2021 on sanmar.com.


Stahls’ Brings On Graphics Solutions in the Southwest

Effective February 1, 2021, Graphics Solutions Group (GSG), based in Dallas, TX, began offering Stahls’ complete range of CAD-CUT heat transfer vinyl and athletic numbers, and Hotronix heat press equipment.

GSG, a wholesale distributor for the apparel decorating, digital printing, electrical sign and commercial sign markets since 1950, will work together with Stahls’ to support customers throughout the region with training, as well as collaborating on marketing efforts.

“We trust our brand in the hands of GSG’s highly trained professional representatives,” says GroupeSTAHL North America CEO Carleen Gray. “GSG shares our customer-centric values and appreciation for personalized service. We’re confident they will provide enhanced ‘in the field’ service to apparel printing specialists across the southern United States.”

“Being able to partner with Stahls’ is a tremendous opportunity for GSG, but more importantly, for all our customers,” adds GSG president Mark Granberry. “The product lines Stahls’ offers, combined with the distribution capabilities of GSG, will make the best printing solutions more accessible and easier to obtain.”


Guardian Sports To Sell 2nd Skull To Teams

In a move that brings together two organizations that have both previously earned product development grants from the National Football League as winners of the HeadHealth Tech Challenge Series, an annual event focused on the development and improvement of player safety equipment, 2nd Skull has entered into an agreement with Guardian Sports that enables Guardian Sports to directly market and sell 2nd Skull’s product line to teams, leagues, schools, and other athletic organizations across North America.

2nd Skull’s patented protective headgear will complement and help to strengthen Guardian’s line of protective products.

“The team, innovation and solutions at Guardian are second to none,” says Greg Czerpak, president and chief operating officer of 2nd Skull. “Many elite teams and programs trust Guardian to help keep their athletes better protected and on the playing field and we are thrilled to partner with such a talented group.”

It was announced in August that the NFL chose to evaluate Guardian Caps and with the support of the NFL Players’ Association, permitted the Guardian Cap NXT for use in practice by NFL offensive and defensive linemen.

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