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New Jersey Youth Soccer Extends Partnership With Stack Sports To Streamline The Registration Process With Best-in-class Technology

TRENTON, N.J. -- Stack Sports, the largest and fastest-growing provider of sports technology, today announced a two-year extension of its strategic partnership with New Jersey Youth Soccer, the governing body for US Youth Soccer in New Jersey.

Stack Sports will continue to deliver best-in-class technology and service to New Jersey Youth Soccer through its U.S. Soccer Connect platform, an exclusive version of Stack Sports' Sports Connect platform developed in conjunction with U.S. Soccer. The U.S. Soccer Connect platform provides the operating system and technology solutions for the state association, its member clubs and leagues, and the parents, players, coaches and teams participating in NJYS's soccer community.

"In a time with so much change and uncertainty, Stack Sports has remained a reliable partner committed to the success of our members. Continuing our partnership further aligns us with the tech leader in this space and will provide our members with stability, partner-focused improvements, and best-in-class technology. We are looking forward to a bright future for soccer in New Jersey," said Evan Dabby, Executive Director at NJYS.

"We are both motivated and humbled about the opportunity to continue innovating and delivering unique experiences for years to come with New Jersey Youth Soccer and its soccer community. Developing deep strategic partnerships is fundamental to our goals of growing sports participation and making sports easy for everyone involved, and our relationship with New Jersey is a perfect example of that," said Tom Arnett, General Manager of Sports Connect.

Members of NJYS will continue to benefit from U.S. Soccer Connect's exclusive functionality such as athlete safety features, mobile-first player registration, digital marketing hub, comprehensive financial reporting, automated coach compliance, and direct integration with the U.S. Soccer Federation. This connected ecosystem will save staff and volunteers thousands of administrative hours annually and will continue to improve the connectedness of the game globally.

About New Jersey Youth Soccer

New Jersey Youth Soccer, a 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with U.S. Youth Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Federation, is comprised of more than 100,000 players from 5 to 19-years-old; 20,000+ coaches; and thousands of volunteers. Members collectively support the sport of soccer through training, practice, competition and the spirit of good sportsmanship. The association features recreational, travel soccer programs at multiple skill levels; Olympic Development Programs (ODP); tournaments including the National Championship series; coach and referee training and certification programs; and TOPSoccer, a program for children with special needs. To learn more about NJYS go to www.njyouthsoccer.com/about_us.

About Stack Sports

With nearly 50 million users in 35 countries, Stack Sports is a global technology leader in SaaS platform offerings for the sports industry. The company provides world-class software and services to support national governing bodies, youth sports associations, leagues, clubs, parents, coaches, and athletes. Some of the largest and most prominent sports organizations, including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Little League Baseball and Softball, and Pop Warner Little Scholars, rely on Stack Sports technology to run and manage their organizations. Stack Sports is headquartered in Dallas and is leading the industry one team at a time focusing on three key pillars - Play, Improve, and Engage. To learn more about how Stack Sports is transforming the sports experience, please visit http://www.stacksports.com/.

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes Selects Sports Connect to Advance the Growth of Faith-Based Athletics

PLANO, Texas -- Stack Sports today announced that the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) - an organization dedicated to helping athletes unite their two passions, faith, and athletics, to impact the world for Jesus Christ - has selected Sports Connect, powered by Stack Sports, to provide its organization with real-time membership insights, better communications tools and an enhanced registration process for local clubs and leagues.

The enhanced registration process will be deployed in the new mobile-first registration experience from Sports Connect, allowing local FCA organizations to improve the parent experience without sacrificing the robust league management tools they require. The solution will provide tools to help grow participation, communicate more efficiently, and provide a streamlined operations flow for local FCA staff.

"Stack Sports is a pioneer in 'mobile-first' registration and we are excited to bring more innovative approaches to saving volunteers and staff time with FCA," said Jeff Brunsberg, Chief Revenue and Strategy Officer at Stack Sports. "We are honored to Partner with the FCA to help their members as they look to grow participation and faith-based programs."

Sports Connect, the most advanced league management platform in the market, offers a solution that provides local organizations benefits such as:

* Mobile-First Registration - Register players and volunteers, all in one place and from any device

* Better Communication Tools - Targeted emailing with auto list management, use professional templates, and monitor statistics.

* Integrated Fan Wear - Set it and forget it. Select your logos and colors. We'll take care of the rest.

* Best-in-class Reporting and Financial Tracking - Collect money, create payment plans, send reminders, and track order progress all at once. Plus customized reports, and financial reconciliation, all in real time.

* Real-time Data and Insights into Membership - Understand your participation trends as they are happening with data and insights tools.

"Our local FCA clubs and league shouldn't have to choose between easy to use and best-in-class," said Caz McCaslin, Executive Director League and Club Sport Ministry of FCA. "As the leader in faith-based athletics, we want to provide our organization with the best technology in the market so they can focus on what matters most. Helping athletes unite their two passions, faith, and athletics, to impact the world for Jesus Christ."

About Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives...one heart at a time. Since 1954, FCA has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful platform of sport to reach every coach and every athlete with the transforming power of Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities around the globe by engaging, equipping and empowering coaches and athletes to unite, inspire and change the world through the gospel.

About Stack Sports

With nearly 50 million users in 35 countries, Stack Sports is a global technology leader in SaaS platform offerings for the sports industry. The company provides world-class software and services to support national governing bodies, youth sports associations, leagues, clubs, parents, coaches, and athletes. Some of the largest and most prominent sports organizations including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Little League Baseball and Softball, and Pop Warner Little Scholars rely on Stack Sports technology to run and manage their organizations. Stack Sports is headquartered in Dallas and is leading the industry one team at a time focusing on three key pillars -- Play, Improve, and Engage. To learn more about how Stack Sports is transforming the sports experience, please visit http://www.stacksports.com/.

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Andrew Hiatt Joins Stack Sports Leadership Team to Shape Soccer Development

PLANO, Texas -- Stack Sports announced today that Andrew R. Hiatt (Drew) will be joining the Stack Sports leadership team as the VP of Growth and Market Strategy. In his role, Hiatt will partner with clubs, leagues, and associations to grow soccer participation through Stack Sports' wealth of technology solutions and services, including its U.S. Soccer Connect platform, a comprehensive member management solution developed in conjunction with U.S. Soccer.

Hiatt brings nearly fifteen years of executive experience in youth soccer, most recently serving as COO for U.S. Youth Soccer (USYS). Prior to his time at the national office, Hiatt served for over a decade as CEO of Utah Youth Soccer (UYSA), during which time he led the organization to year over year membership and revenue growth resulting in a 60% player increase between 2008 and 2019.

"Drew's extensive track record of growing the sport through partnerships and innovation make him a perfect addition to our leadership team," said Tom Arnett, General Manager of Sports Connect and U.S. Soccer Connect. "We've worked with Drew for a number of years in his previous roles, and his integrity, creativity, and understanding of the youth soccer landscape are unmatched. He makes our entire team better on day 1."

"As CEO of UYSA, my team strived for excellence by providing greater programming, member benefits and player safety throughout our organization," said Hiatt. "Our ability to manage data and create partnerships through technology platforms was critical to our success. I am thrilled to join the leadership team at Stack Sports. I have personally used these technology solutions and believe in them, and I will work diligently to foster the advancement and growth of sports organizations through technology."

For Stack Sports, adding Drew to their leadership team further cements them as the leader in participation growth technology for soccer organizations.

About Stack Sports

With nearly 50 million users in 35 countries, Stack Sports is a global technology leader in SaaS platform offerings for the sports industry. The company provides world-class software and services to support national governing bodies, youth sports associations, leagues, clubs, parents, coaches, and athletes. Some of the largest and most prominent sports organizations including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Little League Baseball and Softball, and Pop Warner Little Scholars rely on Stack Sports technology to run and manage their organizations. Stack Sports is headquartered in Dallas and is leading the industry one team at a time focusing on three key pillars -- Play, Improve, and Engage.

To learn more about how Stack Sports is transforming the sports experience, please visit https://stacksports.com/.

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BE BOLD, GET COLD! 2021 POLAR PLUNGE Benefiting Special Olympics Oregon Goes Virtual

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregonians have a longstanding and beloved winter tradition of Plunging into the frigid Columbia waters and even some icy cold pools every February to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Oregon. Donning their wildest costumes and swimming attire, more than 1,500 brave (some might say crazy) supporters across Oregon would have been preparing to take the Polar Plunge next month.

In a normal year, the Plunge would take place in 5 locations throughout the State (Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, Bend and So. Oregon/Medford). However, nothing about the last year has been normal. With safety of the athletes and Plunge participants as a priority, we won't be gathering to Plunge together in 2021. Instead, the 2021 Polar Plunge is going virtual across Oregon to continue to support athletes during a time when we cannot in-person events.

Recreating the craziness and magic of Polar Plunge in a virtual landscape might seem like a stretch. However, Special Olympics Oregon has created a choose your own adventure for this year's event and a full lineup of virtual challenges and fun to engage our community throughout "Freezin' February." Plungers can choose to Hit the Great Outdoors and Plunge down the slopes, go sledding, have a snowball fight or make a snow angel in a swimsuit.

They can also opt to Chill at Home and take a cold Plunge in the shower or bath, kiddie pool, or get doused with a sprinkler, water balloons or hose! Those not wanting to brave the cold can choose to run in the Polar 5K/10K or just hibernate by donating to Special Olympics Oregon. This year it's not important HOW you Plunge, it's just important THAT you Plunge.

Location is no longer a barrier to joining the fun, as anyone from across the state can join the Virtual Polar Plunge!

The entire month of February will be packed with fun themes, challenges and events to connect with others in the Polar Plunge and Special Olympics communities, and the chance to win swag and prizes.

Kickoff Celebration - Livestream February 1 at 10 a.m.

Superhero Week - February 1 - 6

K103 Facebook Live w/Stacey & Mike - February 2

Super Hero Dance Party - February 4 at 6 p.m.

Scavenger Hunt Week - February 7 - 13

Trivia Night - February 9 @ 5:30pm

Sponsors Week - February 14 - 20

Sponsor Coffee Chats - Livestream February 16 & 18

Super Plunge Week - February 21 - 27

Trivia Night - February 23 at 5:30 p.m.

Polar 5K/10K - February 27 at 9 a.m.

Finale Celebration - Livestream February 27 at 12 p.m.

Each person participating in Virtual Polar Plunge will receive a commemorative event shirt if they raise a minimum of $50, though most raise significantly more on behalf of Special Olympics Oregon. Anyone wishing to take the Virtual Plunge for Special Olympics Oregon can register and get the full details at http://www.plungeoregon.org/.

The Portland Plunge is made possible by the generous support of statewide and local sponsors: Law Enforcement Torch Run of Oregon, Supply Source, Clackamas Federal Credit Union, Lithia Auto Stores, Aerotek, Mattress World NW, Spirit Mountain Casino, Jiffy Lube, iHeart Media, and Entercom Radio.

About Special Olympics Oregon

Special Olympics Oregon serves more than 12,000 participants with intellectual disabilities year-round and statewide through the organization's life changing sports programs. Athletes gain self-confidence, social competency, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Learn more at https://soor.org/.

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RightOnTrek Launches Premium Line of Adventure Meals for Backpackers

WHITEFISH, Mont. -- RightOnTrek today announced the release of its long-awaited Adventure Meals for backpackers. Their meals use the finest ingredients and preferred preparation and preservations techniques to create a delicious dining experience on the trail.

RightOnTrek Adventure Meals can be bought using their simultaneously launched Adventure Meal Planner that allows you to not only buy their new line of breakfast and dinner entrees, but all your snacks, sides, desserts and drinks as well. Their Meal Planner makes it easy to get delicious, compact, inexpensive, nutrient-dense meals shipped straight to your door. RightOnTrek meals are packed by seasoned backpackers and organized by day, ready for your backpacking trip.

"Our goal at RightOnTrek is to provide a better trail meal experience to all backpackers. We've revolutionized how trail meals are made, prepared, enjoyed, planned, and shared," said Victoria Livschitz, Founder of RightOnTrek.

The easy-to-use meal planner will quickly select your meals with customizable options that cater to most diets. Enter your preferences for spicy, vegetarian, and dairy and then select your total calories per day. With one click their proprietary algorithm will build your personal meal plan. You can keep your selections, or adjust them to taste.

* Designed by backpacker chefs and modeled after the diets of the world's foremost explorers.
* Gives you the right balance of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbs and healthy fats.
* Handmade with care.
* Memorably delicious. Sure to satiate even the most selective palates.
* Easy on your budget. $1 for 100 calories. $20 gets you a healthy 2,000 calorie meal kit.
* Cooks on the trail in 10 minutes.
* Comes in sustainable packaging wherever possible.

Entrees range from Egg, Cheese and Bacon Scramble, Beef Lasagne Stew, Chicken Coconut Curry Rice, Chicken Alfredo Pasta, and a variety of exquisite options.

RightOnTrek Adventure Meals are available now at https://rightontrek.com/meals/

About RightOnTrek

RightOnTrek makes epic wilderness adventures more accessible to everyone, from first-time backpackers to lifelong mountaineers. By combining in-depth information about popular wilderness destinations with expertly-designed multi-day backpacking itineraries, collaborative trip planning tools, and complete wilderness adventure meals, RightOnTrek is removing the barriers to experience the magic of the Great Outdoors to nature lovers of all ages, skills, and physical abilities.

Learn more: https://rightontrek.com/

MEDIA CONTACT:
Stephen Gibson
Marketing Communications Director, RightOnTrek
+1-925-400-9605
sgibson@rightontrek.com

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The Florida vs Georgia All-Star Game Shines a Spotlight on Some of the South’s Most Prominent High School Athletes

MIAMI, Fla. -- The Florida vs Georgia All-Star Football Game presented by DRV PNK, a game set to host one of the most premier all-star high school football games in the country, will be taking place January 17, 2021 in the beautiful city of Miami, Florida at Traz Powell Stadium "The Mecca."

This high-energy, high-impact game, will showcase some of the best high school athletes that Florida and Georgia have to offer.

"Having covered all the original Florida vs Georgia games through the years, you tend to remember the players and coaches who made these games what they were. You look back 20 to 30 years ago and see some of the greats who have played and participated in this event go on and make waves in the league," says Larry Blustein, Director of the Florida vs Georgia.

He adds, "Often I talk to football players who took part in this game decades ago and all of them have such fond memories. Past and present players have always seen this game as their chance to compete against some of the best football talent in the country."

For decades, this game has brought out legendary coaches and the top high-school football prospects from the states of Florida and Georgia. A few prestigious all-star game alumni include Emmitt Smith, Sammie Smith, Fred Taylor, Derrick Brooks, Marquette Smith, Deion Sanders, Garrison Hearst, Hines Ward, Champ Bailey, and Andre Hastings.

Tickets to attend the most prestigious game in the south, must be purchased in advance at https://www.flvsgagame.com/.

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Stack Sports and Georgia Soccer Look to Long-Term Growth With 5 Year Partnership Extension

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Stack Sports, the largest and fastest-growing provider of sports technology, continues its momentum in Soccer with a 5-year partnership extension with long-term partner Georgia Soccer.

Through its U.S. Soccer Connect platform, an exclusive version of the Sports Connect platform developed in conjunction with U.S. Soccer, Stack Sports will continue to deliver best-in-class technology and service to Georgia Soccer. The U.S. Soccer Connect platform will provide the operating system and integrated solutions for the state association, its member clubs and leagues, and the parents, players, coaches and teams participating in Georgia Soccer's soccer community.

"For the past 15 years we have supported nearly every level of soccer within the state of Georgia. We have consistently collaborated with the state office on ways to make soccer management easy, seamless, and most of all, safe! On a personal level, I grew up a Georgia Soccer player and am the person I am today because of the lessons learned on those same fields, and the same is true for many of our team members. We couldn't be happier to extend our long-term partnership with Georgia Soccer and continue to deliver best-in-class technology solutions for the GSSA membership," said Tom Arnett, General Manager of U.S. Soccer Connect.

"We are excited to continue our partnership with U.S. Soccer Connect and Stack Sports. We at Georgia Soccer are continuously seeking technologies and solutions to make the administration and organization of soccer as smooth as possible for our member clubs & leagues while adding valuable products that enhance their experience. With Stack Sports products and future developments, we are delighted to continue the partnership," said Laura Halfpenny, Executive Director of Georgia Soccer.

Members of Georgia Soccer will be able to take advantage of U.S. Soccer Connect's athlete safety features, mobile-first player registration, digital marketing hub, comprehensive financial reporting, automated coach compliance, and direct integration with the U.S. Soccer Federation. This connected ecosystem will save staff and volunteers thousands of administrative hours annually and will continue to improve the connectedness of the game globally.

About Georgia Soccer

Georgia Soccer is the authorized state youth and adult association for Georgia within the United States Adult Soccer Association, United States Youth Soccer Association, and through them is part of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Also, Georgia Soccer serves as the official National State Association of USSF making it responsible to act on behalf of USSF and provide licensing courses for coaches and certification courses for referees.

About Stack Sports

With nearly 50 million users in 35 countries, Stack Sports is a global technology leader in SaaS platform offerings for the sports industry. The company provides world-class software and services to support national governing bodies, youth sports associations, leagues, clubs, parents, coaches, and athletes. Some of the largest and most prominent sports organizations, including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Little League Baseball and Softball, and Pop Warner Little Scholars, rely on Stack Sports technology to run and manage their organizations. Stack Sports is headquartered in Dallas and is leading the industry one team at a time focusing on three key pillars -- Play, Improve, and Engage. To learn more about how Stack Sports is transforming the sports experience, please visit http://www.stacksports.com/.

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Stack Sports and PA West Chart Long-Term Future With 5 Year Partnership

PLANO, Texas -- Stack Sports, the largest and fastest-growing provider of sports technology, today announced a five-year extension of its strategic partnership with PA West Soccer, the governing body for US Youth Soccer in Western Pennsylvania.

Currently powering over 20,000 clubs as well as 50 National Governing Bodies and State Associations, Stack Sports will continue to deliver best-in-class technology and service to PA West through its U.S. Soccer Connect platform, an exclusive version of Stack's Sports Connect platform developed in conjunction with U.S. Soccer.

The US Soccer Connect platform will provide the operating system and integrated solutions for the state association, its member clubs and leagues, and the parents, players, coaches and teams participating in PA West's soccer community.

"In a time with so much change and uncertainty, we know we can count on Stack Sports to be there. This long-term partnership will support our goals to continue to grow the game of soccer through innovative thinking and great programing. We are looking forward to a bright future for Soccer in Western Pennsylvania," said Tim McCoy, Executive Director of PA West.

"We are both motivated and humbled about the opportunity to continue innovating and delivering unique experiences for years to come with PA West and its soccer community. Developing deep strategic partnerships is fundamental to everything we do, and our relationship with PA West is a perfect example of that," said Tom Arnett, General Manager of Sports Connect.

Members of PA West will be able to take advantage of U.S. Soccer Connect's athlete safety features, mobile-first player registration, digital marketing hub, comprehensive financial reporting, automated coach compliance, and direct integration with the U.S. Soccer Federation. This connected ecosystem will save staff and volunteers thousands of administrative hours annually and will continue to improve the connectedness of the game globally.

About PA West Soccer

Pennsylvania West State Soccer Association (PA West Soccer) is the National State Association of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the United State Youth Soccer Association (USYS), and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). PA West State Soccer Association has a current membership of over 130 youth clubs and eight adult leagues with 40,000 youth players, 2,500 amateur adult players, 7,000 active coaches, 1,600 referees and thousands of volunteers involved across the western half of the state of Pennsylvania.

About Stack Sports

With nearly 50 million users in 35 countries, Stack Sports is a global technology leader in SaaS platform offerings for the sports industry. The company provides world-class software and services to support national governing bodies, youth sports associations, leagues, clubs, parents, coaches, and athletes. Some of the largest and most prominent sports organizations, including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Little League Baseball and Softball, and Pop Warner Little Scholars, rely on Stack Sports technology to run and manage their organizations. Stack Sports is headquartered in Dallas and is leading the industry one team at a time focusing on three key pillars -- Play, Improve, and Engage.

To learn more about how Stack Sports is transforming the sports experience, please visit https://stacksports.com/.

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Brent Grablachoff Discusses What Makes Miami Dolphins Kicker Jason Sanders so Consistent

MIAMI, Fla. -- Brent Grablachoff, Owner of Kicking World, a program for high school football kickers to improve their skills and earn college scholarships, recently interviewed one of his most successful students, Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders.

Jason Sanders has been working with Coach Brent Grablachoff since they first met during Jason's junior year of high school. The pair have stuck together over the years refining Sanders craft through college and today as a professional football player. Whether in Brent's camp in Austin during the offseason, or conducting video analysis virtually during the NFL season, it has made Sanders one of the top young kickers in the NFL today.

"He's unlike any other kicker I've coached before. No matter the situation he doesn't get up and he doesn't get down; he stays right in the middle, which allows him to focus on the process and not worry so much about the outcome," said Brent Grablachoff, owner of Kicking World.

During the podcast, which can be heard on DolphinsTalk.com, Brent Grablachoff discusses Jason's training regime and about his mental makeup, which allowed him to have incredible success, setting numerous records amongst NFL kickers this season. The outlook is that once his rookie contract expires next year, Jason will be in line for a very large deal.

Podcast link: https://dolphinstalk.com/2020/12/10/dolphinstalk-podcast-brent-grablachoff-talks-about-working-with-jason-sanders/amp/

Jason Sanders records this year include earning back-to-back AFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors - in October and November of 2020 - and connecting for a perfect 5 for 5 field goals in two different games this season already. Jason also currently holds an active NFL kicking record for the most consecutive field goals made over 50 yards this season.

About Kicking World

Kicking World hosts over 40 football kicking, punting and snapping camps in 30 cities and 22 states, in addition to year-round private instruction for pro, college, high school and youth specialists. The emphasis is on quality instruction, a high coach to student ratio, and improving performance of football kickers. Learn more: https://www.kickingworld.com/

About Brent Grablachoff

Brent Grablachoff is the Owner and Head Coach of Kicking World, providing year-round kicking lessons in Texas. He conducts most of his sessions out of Austin, Texas and also travels to over 70% of their nationwide kicking camps. Brent is the author of the "Complete Guide to Kicking" and "Step by Step Guide to Punting" DVD series. He also launched an app and wrote a book, all related to football kicking. Learn more at: https://www.kickingworld.com/staff/brent-grablachoff/

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In A Year Full of Uncertainty, Stack Sports Remains Focused on Innovation and Thankful for Its Strong Partners

PLANO, Texas -- After a record first quarter for Stack Sports, the novel coronavirus took the United States by storm - closing schools, halting sports, and even shutting down whole communities. With over 95% of athletes nationwide impacted in some way, Americans looked to find the way forward. Companies like Stack Sports looked to act quickly to help serve their more than 20 thousand Partners in the sports community, representing over 8 million families.

"It all starts with the local club and the families that participate. We knew we had to act quickly to find ways to serve them, without knowing what that might look like at the time," said Jeff Brunsberg, Chief Revenue and Strategy Officer at Stack Sports. "All we could say for sure was that we were going to do what it took to make sure that sports organizations knew they had a committed Partner when they needed it most."

Stack Sports immediately took action, first by listening to its Partners to find ways to serve them. Next came the launch of Miles4My Community, a virtual event that raised money for sports organizations. At the same time, the teams at Sports Connect, which serves clubs and leagues through participation growth software, were busy innovating in the product. With an unprecedented change to how clubs needed to manage finances, the team quickly released functions to assist organizations in serving sports families. Also adding valuable new functionality including; registration insurance, club credits to serve as an alternative to refunds for parents, zero-cost programs, and mobile-first registration.

The continued investment, combined with its relentless focus on service, lead to Sports Connect securing many long-term partnerships amidst the pandemic, reinforcing its position as the industry leader in youth sports.

"We're proud to extend our partnership with Stack Sports," said Bryan Attridge, CEO of Utah Youth Soccer Association. "For over a decade now, we have worked with the Stack Sports team to innovate and plan for our future. That's why we are excited to extend our partnership with Stack Sports and continue to offer our membership best in class technology,"

Tom Arnett, GM of Sports Connect, responded to this high praise saying, "We are proud to get to be a part of the recovery story for so many organizations. As 2020 went on we saw countless heartwarming stories flowing in from our Partners. As they started to see success, we knew we were on the right path. We are so thankful to get to serve these organizations and so thankful for what they have done in this tough time."

The list of success stories from Partners ranged from Utah Youth Soccer Association finding a way to crown state champions this year to Rhyne Park Girls Softball pulling off a sandlot season to keep kids active--there are hundreds of stories like this to be thankful for.

It wasn't just Stack Sports Partners who were blazing trails during the comeback in 2020, though. The team at Student Sports, the Stack Sports experience platform, was busy finding ways to safely and creatively bring to life two premier national events. The Elite 11 Finals and the Area Code Games were held under strict COVID protocols to serve our athletes, parents, evaluators, and partners through innovative activations and a heavy emphasis on digital integration. The team rallied to deliver a world-class experience with player safety as a top priority.

"We're incredibly thankful for the athletes, parents, and partners who trusted and supported us during this unprecedented event season," said Zack Greer, GM of Student Sports.

And while the live aspect of sports is so important it's not the only place where innovation was apparent this year. Two other Stack Sports groups were busy connecting people virtually. The Skyhawks created more virtual camp opportunities for families than any other group in the country, while CaptainU ramped up its assistance for universities to be the top facilitator for remote recruiting.

"CaptainU and the team have helped me build the first-ever boys (soccer) team and during a pandemic! Right when this started I knew who I had to call so we could start to strategize," said Shawn Hall, Lincoln Trail College Men's & Women's Soccer Coach. "Being stuck indoors means online all the time and they give me the staff and tools for the job."

Above all else, though, Stack Sports stayed focused on service and innovation. They were committed to being there when organizations were ready to return to play, and where things have been slower, they continue to support the community in any way possible. A great example of that is the collaboration with the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association and FOX to create an uplifting series of commercials that incorporated videos of athletes training indoors. The series encouraged athletes to stay safe and let them know that when they were ready, the game would be there for them.

"We're proud to partner with Stack Sports," Said Josh Joshua Krusewski, Executive Director at CJSA. "We reached out to them for support on a campaign we wanted to run with our local Fox affiliate, and they didn't hesitate to jump in. What our teams were able to create was really positive for CJSA and our local athletes and families."

While this year was a challenging year for many around the country, the Stack Sports team sees a lot to be thankful for.

"For us, we are thankful for our teams that work tirelessly to support the sports community, our Partners who serve their communities through the toughest of times, and for the families that continue to trust us with their athletes," said Jeff Young, CEO of Stack Sports.

About Stack Sports

With nearly 50 million users in 35 countries, Stack Sports is a global technology leader in SaaS platform offerings for the sports industry. The company provides world-class software and services to support national governing bodies, youth sports associations, leagues, clubs, parents, coaches, and athletes. Some of the largest and most prominent sports organizations, including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Little League Baseball and Softball, and Pop Warner Little Scholars, rely on Stack Sports technology to run and manage their organizations. Stack Sports is headquartered in Dallas and is leading the industry one team at a time focusing on three key pillars -- Play, Improve, and Engage.

To learn more about how Stack Sports is transforming the sports experience, please visit https://stacksports.com/.

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