Skechers Continues Pickleball Domination as Official Footwear Sponsor of the Carvana PPA Tour
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Building on the successful launch of its pickleball program, Skechers, The Comfort Technology Company™, is expanding its presence in this fast-growing sport through a multi-year agreement as the Official Footwear Sponsor of the Carvana Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) Tour, starting with the 2023 season.
Elite pickleball athlete Tyson McGuffin in Skechers Viper Court Pro—the latest style from the Official Footwear Sponsor of the Carvana PPA Tour. (Photo: Business Wire)
“It was less than a year ago that we launched Skechers Viper Court footwear, and the positive response from the pickleball community of athletes and fans has been phenomenal,” said Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers. “After the nationally televised attention generated by the Skechers Invitational last summer, it became clear that Skechers needed to be part of the entire tour. It’s a perfect fit as our own pros Catherine Parenteau and Tyson McGuffin are PPA athletes, and an incredible opportunity to broaden our presence in the sport as we expand Skechers’ pickleball footwear offering to include new styles in 2023.”
Stops on the PPA Tour will feature activations by Skechers where spectators and athletes can experience and purchase Skechers Viper Court footwear as well as the brand’s off-court styles and apparel. In addition, staff will wear Skechers at all tournaments, and referees will be outfitted in Skechers at select major tournaments.
“Skechers is a partner we are thrilled to link up with because the brand has proven itself to be a committed promoter of the sport of pickleball,” said Connor Pardoe, CEO and commissioner of the PPA Tour. “With the help and marketing outreach commanded by a major global powerhouse brand like Skechers, we look forward to introducing America’s fastest growing sport to new fans and players around the world.”
Skechers kicked off 2022 by signing its first two elite pickleball athletes, Catherine Parenteau and Tyson McGuffin, who compete wearing Skechers Pickleball footwear and Skechers-branded apparel. The brand then introduced its pickleball collection at the 2022 US Open Pickleball Championships in Naples, Florida in April, and has had a presence at multiple pickleball tournaments across the country.
Skechers pickleball footwear brings signature Skechers comfort and innovation to the court. The Skechers Viper Court provides responsive performance in a breathable, lightweight design. The enhanced grip and stability of the Goodyear® rubber outsole paired with a shock-absorbing Arch Fit® insole deliver comfort and support, match after match. Set to launch in 2023, the Skechers Viper Court Pro is a lighter and faster high-performance pickleball shoe designed for and worn by pros, but also suitable for everyday players looking for stability and a secure platform in their game.
Styles in the Skechers pickleball footwear collection are available at Skechers retail stores and skechers.com, as well as key retail partners and specialty shops.
About SKECHERS U.S.A., Inc.
Skechers U.S.A., Inc., The Comfort Technology Company™ based in Southern California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle and performance footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The Company’s collections are available in over 180 countries and territories through department and specialty stores, and direct to consumers through digital stores and 4,537 Company- and third-party-owned physical retail stores. The Company manages its international business through a network of wholly-owned subsidiaries, joint venture partners, and distributors. For more information, please visit about.skechers.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.
About Carvana PPA Tour
The Carvana Professional Pickleball Association is the professional tour of pickleball, organizing events and rankings for the top male and female pickleball players worldwide and awarding more than $5.5 million in annual prize money with equal play and pay. The Carvana PPA Tour is set to host 25 events in 2023 at world-class facilities like the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Riviera Country Club in California, and the Darling Tennis Center and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Inviting all to compete and "play where the pros play," the Carvana PPA Tour offers amateur divisions of play for every level, unparalleled experiences for fans and spectators, gorgeous venues, pro player meet-and-greets, food/beverages, live entertainment, VIP upgrades, giveaways and games, shopping, vendors, and more. Founded in 2018 and based in Salt Lake City, UT, the Carvana PPA Tour is owned and operated by parent corporation, Pickleball.com. For more information, go to www.ppatour.com. See Pro Player Profiles and follow us on social: Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn.
Pickleball.com is the online home for the combined data, content, and expertise of the largest entities in pickleball: the Carvana PPA Tour, the competitive circuit for the best professional players in the world and the host of 25 events at top venues across the country; Pickleball Tournaments and Pickleball Brackets, leaders in tournament software delivering a next-generation experience for events, leagues, and ladders; TopCourt, the premier provider of online pickleball and tennis instruction, and Pickleball Central, the leading pickleball e-commerce platform with gear for people of all ages and levels. Officially launched in October 2022, Pickleball.com’s next evolution will be announced in early 2023 and will feature exciting upgrades, including a mobile app, expanded player features, and brand-new fan engagement opportunities. For more information and to sign up for free, visit Pickleball.com.
Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs about 72,000 people and manufactures its products in 57 facilities in 23 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.
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Released Feb 15, 2023 • 9:00 am EST