Abby Wambach joins the Board of Directors at SCORE® Sports
WILMINGTON, Calif., January 11, 2023--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SCORE® Sports ("SCORE"), a leading designer, manufacturer, and seller of youth team sports uniforms and equipment, today welcomes FIFA World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach to its Board of Directors.
One of the most decorated athletes of all time, Wambach is a six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award and a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Wambach currently stands as the U.S. Women’s National Team’s highest all-time goal scorer with 184 goals.
Wambach’s ability to make an impact reaches far beyond her athletic accomplishments. As a champion for diversity and inclusion, Wambach was named one of TIME’s Top 100 Most Influential People in 2015. Additionally, she is a founding partner of Angel City FC, the first majority-female-owned soccer team in history, and a member of the Board of Directors for the all-women-led non-profit organization Together Rising.
As a member of the SCORE Board of Directors, Wambach will provide strategic counsel to support the company’s growth across the youth sports ecosystem while helping to remove barriers restricting participation.
"I’m really excited to join SCORE’s Board of Directors," said Wambach. "This company is values-driven from the ground up, started by two women whose vision and mission align with my own. SCORE produces affordably priced high-quality uniforms and equipment, ‘leveling the playing field’ so that more children are able to learn the life lessons youth sports participation instills."
SCORE was founded in 1975 and led by two sisters who saw a need for accessibly priced, quality soccer uniforms. Nearly 50 years later, SCORE flourishes as a top multi-sport uniform and equipment company serving athletes of all ages across a range of sports including soccer, basketball, baseball/softball, flag football, and volleyball. SCORE combines its quality products with a high-touch customer experience, both of which are enabled by its state-of-the-art, vertically integrated, North America-based manufacturing operation.
"SCORE’s mission has always been to create nationwide access to youth sports opportunities," said Kevin Mahoney, President and CEO of SCORE Sports. "With Abby’s voice as an iconic athlete and champion of youth sports participation, Abby is incredibly well-positioned to positively impact our industry. It’s exciting that she recognizes what we at SCORE work so hard to do and that we’re the team she wants to make her impact with."
In September, SCORE was acquired by Brand Velocity Group (BVG), an innovative investment firm focused on acquiring and transforming businesses. SCORE has since been able to leverage BVG’s marketing resources and deep connectivity across the sports industry to fuel the company’s growth. The acquisition included an elite group of investors at each of the league, team owner, and athlete levels, including Carmelo Anthony, Nolan Arenado, Andre Drummond, Steve Hutchinson, Carli Lloyd, the Manning family (Peyton, Eli, and Cooper), Weston McKennie, DK Metcalf, Khris Middleton, Kelly Olynyk, Marcus Smart, Tim Tebow, Isaiah Thomas, and Klay Thompson.
About SCORE® Sports
SCORE® Sports is a leading designer, manufacturer, and seller of youth team sports uniforms and equipment committed to improving the communities in which athletes live, work, and play. The company was founded in 1975 and led by two sisters who saw a need for affordable, quality uniforms. Nearly 50 years later, SCORE has grown to become a top multi-sport outfitter serving athletes of all ages and abilities across a range of sports including soccer, basketball, baseball/softball, flag football, and volleyball.
SCORE is a true pioneer in uniform sublimation and number one in speed to market thanks to its unique state-of-the-art, vertically integrated manufacturing operation—all based in North America. The company’s unwavering dedication to its teams and leagues is driven by firsthand knowledge of the positive impact that accessible youth sports can have on society. SCORE Sports: Disrupting the Game (https://scoresports.com/)
About Brand Velocity Group
Brand Velocity Group is an innovative investment firm focused on businesses that are well-positioned to benefit from its proven operational expertise, deep in-house marketing resources, and thoughtful approach toward enhancing company culture. BVG has strategic partnerships with specialty brand marketing agencies that develop and execute marketing plans across its investments. Portfolio companies also leverage BVG’s vast sports and entertainment networks to create accretive partnerships with athletes, teams, leagues, celebrities, and other businesses. In addition, BVG recognizes the worth of all portfolio company employees, each of whom is valued and critically important to the company’s continued, collective success. In recognition, the firm dedicates 10 percent of its total carried interest pool (i.e., its primary means of compensation as an investment manager) in every investment to the employees. This is the Share the Gains program, which ensures that all employees of portfolio companies participate in the success of the firm’s united efforts. To learn more about BVG, its portfolio companies, and its innovative growth strategies, please visit www.brandvelocitygroup.com.
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