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TEMPE, Ariz. –
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association and Wilson Racquet Sports announce a continuation of their decades-long alliance, with Wilson serving as the Official Ball, Racquet and Accessory Brand of the ITA.

“Wilson Racquet Sports has proven to be a trusted ally, friend and supporter of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and college tennis,” said ITA CEO Timothy Russell. “We are thrilled to be continuing our professional relationship and look forward to working alongside the team at Wilson to provide tremendous value to our ITA member coaches and programs.”

As part of the alliance, Wilson tennis balls will be used at all ITA regional, national and sanctioned events. In addition, Wilson will continue to sponsor the Wilson ITA National Coach of the Year Award and the Wilson ITA National Promoter of the Year Award.

The Wilson ITA National Coach of the Year honors the year’s top men’s and women’s head coach in each of the five divisions of collegiate tennis. The 10 honorees are recognized each year at the ITA Coaches Convention during a special awards ceremony.

The Wilson ITA National Promoter of the Year Award recognizes two student-athletes who advance the game of tennis by devoting consistent time and effort to promotional activities, and by supporting and bringing awareness to their school program and to college tennis in general. The two selected winners will spend a summer at the Wilson global headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, and assist with day-to-day projects for the entire Grassroots and Marketing team.
The two winners will have an opportunity to work and experience all the different facets of Wilson Racquet Sports from tennis balls, racquets (performance and recreational), promotions/marketing, U.S. tour, indoor (racquetball, squash, badminton and paddle), accessories and apparel/footwear.

“Wilson has been a sponsor of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association since 1973, and it is one of our longest and most rewarding partnerships,” said US Grassroots & Promotions Manager, Cy Dofitas. “We believe in the ITA mission and we are proud to continue our alliance with the ITA and our support of college tennis.”

Through Wilson’s sponsorship, ITA member coaches have access to special deals on racquets and strings. To access the Wilson ITA Collegiate Purchase Program, click here. To access the Wilson & Luxilon Reels and Grips Program, click here.

About the ITA 
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is committed to serving college tennis and returning the leaders of tomorrow. As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA oversees women's and men’s varsity tennis at NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College divisions. The ITA administers a comprehensive awards and rankings program for men's and women's varsity players, coaches and teams in all divisions, providing recognition for their accomplishments on and off the court. For more information on the ITA, visit the ITA website at www.itatennis.com, like the ITA on Facebook or follow @ITA_Tennis on Twitter and Instagram.
About Wilson Racquet Sports 
Wilson Racquet Sports is a division of Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods, one of the world's leading manufacturers of sports equipment and owned by Amer Sports. Wilson designs, manufactures and distributes sporting goods throughout the world and focuses on making technologically advanced products which help players of all levels perform better. Wilson's core sport categories include: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Soccer, Youth Sports, Uniforms/Apparel, Golf, Footwear and Racquet Sports (Tennis, Racquetball, Squash, Badminton and Platform Tennis). For more information, visit www.wilson.com/en-us.