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Little League Baseball Canada – Mississauga, ON., February 20th 2017- Little League Canada ® has formally announced a partnership agreement with Spalding ® and Russell Athletic Canada ® as their new baseball and uniform suppliers.

Effective January 1, 2017, Little League Canada designates Spalding ® as their official baseball. Spalding baseballs will be used exclusively at Little League Canada National Championships.  Little League Canada members are encouraged to use Spalding ® products at all levels of play.

“We are very happy to announce this partnership agreement with Spalding/Russell Athletic”, said Little League Canada President Roy Bergerman. “This is a similar partnership which Little League International holds with Spalding/Russell USA. The partnership includes an escalating rebate program based upon the volume of baseballs, softballs, uniforms and apparel purchased by our local leagues. The funds rebated will be returned to the leagues based upon their purchases, so we strongly encourage the use of the rebate program by all our leagues nationwide.”

Under this agreement, Russell Athletic becomes the official apparel and uniform supplier to Little League Canada. For over thirty years Russell Athletic has collaborated with Little League ® to develop unique, high performance uniforms and apparel.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Little League Canada. From our high-quality baseballs and softballs to our innovative uniforms, we look to improve the youth sports experience for all those involved,” said Joe Agro, VP and GM Fruit of the Loom Canada.

For Russell Athletic & Spalding sales inquiries, contact your regional rep:

AB, MB & SK- Steven Tuckey Steven.Tuckey@fotlinc.com

BC & NWT – John Jukich John.Jukich@fotlinc.com

ON – Dan Brown Daniel.Brown@fotlinc.com

QC, NB, NS, PEI- Charles Boisvert Charles.Boisvert@fotlinc.com

About RUSSELL BRANDS, LLC
For more than 100 years, Russell Brands, LLC, has supplied America’s athletes and teams with the latest innovations to help them perform at their best and is a leading supplier of apparel and team uniforms at the high school, college and professional levels. Russell’s collegiate licensed products and athletic wear are broadly distributed and marketed through department stores, sports specialty stores, retail chains and college bookstores. For more information, please visit www.RussellAthletic.comFacebook and Twitter.

About Spalding

Spalding is the largest basketball equipment supplier in the world, and America’s first baseball company. SPALDING® is the official basketball of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), the official backboard of the NBA and NCAA, the official baseball of the Little League World Series® and the official volleyball of the King of the Beach® Volleyball Tour. In addition to being the leading producer and marketer of basketballs, footballs, volleyballs and soccer balls, Spalding produces softballs under the DUDLEY® brand. DUDLEY® product will be accepted during Little League Canada ® Softball play. The SPALDING® and DUDLEY® trademarks are owned by Russell Brands, LLC. For more information, visit www.spalding.com.

About Little League Baseball Canada

Little League was first chartered in Canada in 1951 and was the first International Little League charter ever granted. Little League Baseball involves more than three million youth worldwide in over 100 countries. It is the largest amateur volunteer sport organization in the world. Visit Little League International for more information.

Volunteers give their time to provide a healthy and wholesome, family oriented activity for the children of their community. The managers, coaches, umpires, league administrators and Board of Directors are all volunteers from within the Canadian Community.

For more information contact us at:

http://www.littleleague.ca/