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7 December 2011

Wilson Signs Chicago Bulls Center Joakim Noah

Wilson Begins New Partnership in Launching a Signature
 Ball Series with Chicago Bulls Center Joakim Noah

[CHICAGO]  At Wilson Sporting Goods Co., we pride ourselves on working with the most influential basketball players in the game. From Michael Jordan to Derrick Rose, our Advisory Staff has seen the insights of legendary athletes and coaches. Today, Wilson is thrilled to announce its new partnership with Joakim Noah.

Joakim was the Most Outstanding Player in 2006 and won the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Men's Championship. He's proven he's a force to be reckoned with, and The Wilson Advisory Staff is truly honored to add Noah to its long history of prestigious players. We look forward to partnering with one of the most recognized basketball players in the world as we continue to create the best performing basketballs in the game.

"Wilson is so thrilled to partner with Joakim Noah," says Alan Davenport, Global Business Director for Wilson Basketball. "His energy, passion and love for the game is undeniably authentic and we are really excited about working together. Joakim will be a great addition to the Wilson team. His knowledge of the game will help us to make new innovative products and he will be a great ambassador for our brand."  

"I am both excited and challenged to be working with Wilson to develop and market a first class basketball," says Joakim Noah.  "Wilson has always been a leader in sports globally and I look forward to working closely with them."

With the NBA season starting in December, Noah will begin his fifth season with the Chicago Bulls and compete alongside fellow Wilson Advisory Staff member Derrick Rose.  He will also play for the France National Team on their quest for gold in the 2012 London Olympics. Noah spent 10 years of his childhood in France along with his famous father, Yannick. They make up one of the most popular families in the country. While he plays on the Olympic team, Wilson will launch a line of Joakim Noah Signature Series basketballs. This innovative basketball line will be sold globally with its attention focused in France, where Noah will do a number of appearances. Bearing Noah's name and likeness, this basketball line will showcase the hard work, passion, spirit for life and style that he brings to the court.

With the input of Noah's invaluable foresight, knowledge and hard working demeanor, Wilson is excited to continue making ground-breaking products that will bring more win to athletes at every level of play. 

Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a division of Amer Sports, is the world's leading manufacturer of sports equipment, apparel and accessories. Through its dedication to creating products that enable athletes at every level to perform at their best, Wilson has earned its place as a leader in sporting goods for almost a century.

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