PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University athletics is proud to announce that it is partnering with Nike as the official apparel provider of the Pioneers and with BSN Sports as the official distributor of the department. The multi-year partnership features head-to-toe outfitting in Nike apparel for the on-field and on-court presence of the 350-plus student-athletes and 17 sports teams at Point Park.
"We are very excited to partner with Nike and BSN Sports to outfit Point Park University student-athletes with the finest apparel and equipment," said Point Park Director of Athletics Dan Swalga. "Nike is of the highest stature in the sports industry. We are very happy to align with a brand of that magnitude. BSN Sports has proven to be a top distributor with great service, and we look forward to working with them in this partnership."
A global brand, Nike's revenues exceeded $30 billion in 2015. As the worldwide leader in the supply of athletic shoes and apparel, Nike is the official provider for many college athletic departments across the country. Nike is also the official apparel company of professional sports leagues such as the NFL, and new for the 2017-18 season, for the NBA as well.
"Nike always brings innovation and inspiration to the athlete," said Ed Haberle, a member of Point Park's Board of Trustees and a 2003 inductee into the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame. Haberle is the Vice President of North American Sporting Goods at Nike. He starred for Point Park baseball and was a part of NAIA World Series teams in 1978 and 1979.
"I am fortunate to work for a great, global brand," said Haberle. "I am proud, humbled and excited that Point Park will be connected with the brand I have called home for over 30 years. I wish the student-athletes the best in this new chapter for Point Park."
BSN Sports was founded in 1972 and is the largest distributor of team sports apparel and equipment in the United States. With more than 850 sales professionals across the country – including in the Pittsburgh area – BSN Sports is able to outfit its client teams head to toe providing virtually every piece of apparel and equipment needed.
"The partnership agreement between Point Park University, BSN Sports and Nike is a great example of the value of athletics in a school system," said Terry Babilla, BSN Sports President. "This strategic partnership offers us the opportunity to outfit the Pioneers' athletics teams in the finest apparel and products and bring best-in-class service to all categories of play. We are proud to be their partner and pleased that we can elevate the student-athlete experience on the field or court and in the community."