McDAVID PARTNERS WITH SCOUT COMBINE TO KICK-OFF NINTH ANNUAL SERIES OF REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COMBINES
LOS ANGELES – (March 20, 2009) – Scout.com, a division of FOX Sports Interactive, today announced the kick-off of the 2009 Scout Combines presented by McDavid. The series of high school football events are set to take place in 13 cities across the country, including Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco, and attract some of the nation’s top high school players.
This year marks the ninth year that Scout has produced this leading series of events and the first year of participation by McDavid, one of the world’s premiere athletic apparel manufacturers and Hibbett Sports, a leading sporting goods retailer with 700+ stores in 23 states. McDavid is serving as the exclusive performance apparel partner, providing HexPad compression shirts and performance tees for each event. Hibbett Sports is on board as a co-sponsor of the Scout Combines.
Approximately 200 athletes participate in each combine and are hand-selected by the Scout.com team of recruiting experts for each regional event. During the combines, the players engage in drills that measure performance and judge specific position abilities. Each participating athlete has their own profile page on Scout.com, featuring biographical and statistical information related to their high school results and college recruiting status. Combine results are also uploaded onto player profile pages enabling fans to track the progress of potential recruits on the Web during the events. Specific performance tests include the 40 meter dash, bench press, vertical jump and more. In addition, fans following the combines online have access to prospect rankings, video clips, photos, and season stats listed on each player profile.
FOXSports.com is working with Get-N-10's to manage all timed events electronically, including player data updates, to ensure greater accuracy and a more efficient publishing schedule on Scout.com. “It is critically important for us to provide student athletes with the best possible opportunity to demonstrate their abilities on the football field,” said Andrew Hossom, vice president of marketing, FOX Interactive Media. “We are excited to create a controlled and safe environment for these young players to showcase their talent, helping them attract the attention of college coaches and recruiters. Whether they participate in Orlando, New Orleans, or Charlotte, for many, the combines are the best opportunity to gain this type of national exposure, and our experts will be there to document all of the action and create valuable recruiting content on Scout.com.”
Many college and pro players now rely on McDavid and its patented HexPad™ technology, which offers an additional layer of protections for athletes participating in contact sports. Products like McDavid’s HexPad™ Thudd Shorts and HexPad™ 5 Pad Body Shirts have become staples for many players. “We are pleased to supply apparel for athletes participating in the Scout combines, as well as serving as a presenting sponsor of such a high caliber experience,” said Bob McDavid, president of McDavid. “We are confident that our partnership will ensure that the athletes are properly equipped to represent their true talent in front of the Scout.com experts.”
Each combine is coached by Terry Smith of Gateway High School in Monroeville, PA. Smith recently took the sidelines for the Army All-American game and is widely considered to be one the top high school coaches in the country. He will provide valuable instruction to the athletes and proactively work to help every player achieve their greatest potential. Regional combines will be held on the following dates in the following locations:
Sunday, March 15 Pittsburgh, PA
Saturday, March 21 Miami, FL
Sunday, April 5 New Orleans, LA
Saturday, April 11 Atlanta, GA
Saturday, April 18 Baltimore, MD
Saturday, April 25 Charlotte, NC
Sunday, May 5 Cincinnati, OH
Saturday, May 9 Chicago, IL
Saturday, May 16 Austin, TX
Sunday, May 24 Phoenix, AZ
Saturday, May 30 Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, June 7 San Francisco, CA
About McDavid McDavid manufactures and markets over 400 different innovative products for athletes and active people of all ages. McDavid is the most widely used and recommended brand of braces among sports medical professionals and the industry leader in sports medical products, technical performance athletic wear and consumer merchandising. McDavid’s recent innovation, HexPad™ Technology, is changing the way athletes wear under clothing by fusing padding to performance fabrics and defining an entire new category we call Protective Apparel.
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