NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mar. 7, 2019)– National Pro Fastpitch renewed Rawlings as an Official Equipment Supplier and exclusive helmet supplier of the league for the 2019 season.
The partnership positions Rawlings helmets on all players for competition and practice. In addition, Rawlings is a supplier in the categories of bats, gloves, batting gloves, protective gear, equipment and travel bags for all players.
“The NPF is an outstanding partner and advocates for the expansion of professional women’s sports,” said Rawlings Chief Marketing Officer, Mike Thompson. “Working with the NPF allows us to work with and showcase our products to some of the best softball players in the world.”
In addition to the supplier categories, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for softball is given annually to a player in the league who is recognized for outstanding defense. Rawlings began awarding the Gold Glove to an NPF player in 2016, with the first recipient being the Akron Racers outfielder, AJ Andrews. The 2017 winner was USSSA Pride catcher and former Arizona standout, Chelsea Goodacre, followed by the most recent recipient, Cleveland Comet’s first baseman, Jade Rhodes formerly of Auburn prowess.
“Our relationship with Rawlings is an important partnership for the league,” commented NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. “The inclusion of our players as annual Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners is something we are very proud of. In addition to that, being able to offer our players options throughout the quality equipment line manufactured by Rawlings, helps make this league the world’s premier professional softball platform and we are grateful.”
Rawlings began its partnership with the NPF in 2005. The brand became the exclusive supplier of helmets in 2016 and in that same season added the Gold Glove Award for softball. In addition to league-wide support for all players, Rawlings also endorses the individual personalities of Lauren Chamberlain, Keilani Ricketts, Shelby Pendley, Chelsea Goodacre, Ally Carda, Paige Lowary, and Jade Rhodes, as well as many others.
Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. is an innovative manufacturer and marketer of sporting goods worldwide. Founded in 1887, Rawlings is an authentic global sports brand, trusted by generations of athletes of all skill levels. Rawlings’ unparalleled quality, innovative engineering and expert craftsmanship are the fundamental reasons why more professional athletes, national governing bodies and sports leagues choose Rawlings. Rawlings is the Official Ball Supplier and Batting Helmet of Major League Baseball(r), the official baseball of Minor League Baseball(tm) and the NCAA(r), and the approved baseball, basketball, football and softball of the National High School Federation(r). For more information, please visit Rawlings.com or by phone at (314) 819-2800.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Florida Pride. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.