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The SGMA Team Wins Congressional Football League

Date: 11/29/10

WASHINGTON, DC – November 29, 2010 -- SGMA’s flag football team has won its first Congressional Football League championship title.  The championship game was held on Sunday, November 21 in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall.  The actual field was located between the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument, alongside the banks of the Potomac River.

The SGMA squad outscored the Freedom, 40-18.  At halftime, the SGMA was leading by just six points, 18-12.  The key to the victory for SGMA was a strong second-half performance where the SGMA team outscored the opposition 22-6.

Throughout the regular season, SGMA amassed an 8-1 record and outscored its opponents by a combined 126 points. The SGMA team includes SGMA Membership Manager Jonathan Michaels, SGMA Vice President of Government Relations Bill Sells, former SGMA intern Mike Stevens, and National Health Through Fitness Day ‘celebrity’ John Booty.

“It is great that we are able to ‘practice what we preach’ in being active and showing fellow Congressional Football League teams that we are serious when we talk about getting Americans more active,” said SGMA’s Bill Sells.

This year was the fifth season that SGMA has fielded a team in the 10-team Congressional Football League.  During the summer, SGMA also fields a team in the Senate Softball League. In addition to participating in these two leagues, every member of SGMA’s staff holds a strong commitment to staying active throughout the year and participates in everything from basketball to rugby to soccer to swimming.

The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), the #1 source for sport and fitness research, is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports products industry.  SGMA helps lead the sports and fitness industries by fostering participation through research, thought leadership, product promotion, and public policy.  More information about SGMA membership and SGMA's National Health Through Fitness Day can be found at www.SGMA.com .

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