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Olympian Jennie Finch and Sports Doctor James Andrews to Join Roger Goodell on SFIA Sports Participation Panel

Date: 8/4/15

                                Dynamic Discussion to Highlight 2015 SFIA Industry Leaders Summit

SILVER SPRING, MD – August 4, 2015 – U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Jennie Finch and nationally renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews have joined the speaker roster for the 2015 SFIA Industry Leaders Summit, September 9-10 at The Roosevelt Hotel – New Orleans.

Finch and Andrews will take part in a youth sports participation panel along with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Moderated by Sports & Fitness Industry Association President & CEO Tom Cove, the session will examine the challenges facing youth sports participation such as sports specialization, overuse injuries and excessive competition, and other trends. The panel will explore what needs to be done to improve the overall sports climate in the United States and to reverse the alarming inactivity pandemic.

“We are honored to have Ms. Finch and Dr. Andrews join Commissioner Goodell on the distinguished panel examining youth sports participation”, said SFIA president & CEO, Tom Cove.  “In bringing together three highly acclaimed individuals from the sports industry, we look forward to generating a frank, three hundred sixty degree discussion on the challenges facing youth sports and their bearing on the inactivity pandemic across the country”, added Cove. 

Jennie Finch is a former collegiate All-American softball pitcher and first-baseman. Finch played collegiately for the Arizona Wildcats, where she became an All-American and captured the National Championship.  In 2004, she helped lead the USA Softball team to a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens and a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics Games in Beijing. Finch is known as “the most famous softball player in history.”

Dr. Andrews is internationally known and recognized for his skills as an orthopedic surgeon as well as his scientific and clinic research contributions in knee, shoulder and elbow injury prevention and treatment. He is the head of the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center and serves as team doctor for the University of Alabama, Auburn University, and the Washington Redskins. On July 10, 2015, Dr. Andrews was inducted into the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Hall of Fame.

Ms. Finch and Dr. Andrews join a list of previously announced speakers that includes Matt Laukaitis (Senior Vice President & General Manager, Retail US-SAP North America), Steven Hill (Vice Chairman, Strategic Investments, KPMG LLP), Ronald Stoupa (Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Sports Authority, Inc.), Jim Carroll (Futurist, Trends & Innovation Expert), Sarah Robb O’Hagan (President, Equinox), and Nick Vyas (Program Director, Center for Global Supply Chain Management, USC Marshall School of Business).

The 2015 SFIA Industry Leaders Summit is open to current SFIA members and non-members and will be limited to the first 200 registrants.  Senior executives within the sports, fitness, and active lifestyles industry interested in registering to attend the event may do so online at www.sfia.org/ilsrelease.

ABOUT SFIA:  The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports and fitness product industry. SFIA’s membership represents 1,000+ premier brands who account for more than $150 billion in annual sales. As the #1 source for sport and fitness research, the SFIA serves as the voice of the sports and fitness industry in the media and on Capitol Hill. More information can be found at www.sfia.org.

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