Courtesy of Aaron's:
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Florida State University's trophy case holds lots of hardware, but none for motorsports.
Aaron's and Brian Vickers plan to change that.
Vickers' No. 55 Aaron's Toyota will carry a special paint scheme honoring FSU's 2013 BCS National Championship football team when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway on July 5.
The garnet and gold paint scheme on the Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota will include the FSU BCS National Championship logo on the hood.
Vickers will also wear a special FSU driver uniform for the race.
"Everyone in America knows about Florida State's tradition of success especially in athletics," said Vickers. "Aaron's and I really want to continue that tradition at Daytona in July and give Seminole fans a chance to see their car and colors celebrate in victory lane. I'm excited to be representing my home state on the car for Daytona. We're hoping it will give us a 'home field' advantage we need."
Fans at FSU's April 12 Spring Game will see the car unveiling and watch a special video message from Vickers on the videoboard. FSU will collect hoods from the race car for display at block parties, road trips and The Jimbo Fisher Call-In Show throughout the 2014 football season.
Aaron's said it was natural to honor Florida State at the Daytona race.
"Aaron's is proud to feature the Florida State football championship paint scheme on the No. 55 Dream Machine at Daytona International Speedway," said Rich Lamprey, Aaron's Director of Sports and Event Marketing.
"We have a history of showcasing collegiate championships on our racecars to highlight our brand's involvement in collegiate sports. We hope that NASCAR fans and college sports fans alike will appreciate the FSU paint scheme, and we look forward to Brian bringing the Seminoles to the checkered flag in Daytona," said Lamprey.
Vickers drove a special paint scheme honoring the University of Louisville's national championship basketball team at Kentucky Speedway last year. Aaron's and MWR have honored Alabama and Auburn national football championships at Talladega Superspeedway four times since 2009.
IMG College, which represents the multimedia rights and official licensed merchandise program of Florida State University, brought together MWR, Aaron's, and the school for this innovative marketing program. IMG will utilize its assets, including relationships within FSU Athletics, to help promote an exciting race weekend as well as the full collaboration of college sports and stock car racing.
ABOUT AARON'S SPORTS SPONSORSHIPS
Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of residential furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, has more than 2,120 Company-operated and franchised stores in 48 states and Canada. Aaron's sponsors motorsports teams and event broadcasts at various levels along with select professional and collegiate sports, such as NFL and NBA teams, SEC and ACC college athletic programs, and an IMG collegiate sports national sponsorship package of 37 schools. Aaron's also begin our 15th year as a NASCAR Sprint Cup team sponsor of Michael Waltrip Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Aaron's has committed to a full-time sponsorship of the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 55 with driver Brian Vickers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series which began in the 2014 race season. Our premier title sponsorship continues to be the Aaron's Dream Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway consisting of the Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race and the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race. For more information, visit www.aarons.com. Aaron's, Inc. includes the Aarons.com and ShopHomeSmart.com brands. For the latest sports updates from Aaron's, follow us on Twitter @AaronsSports.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- 2013 National Champion and current NFL prospect Kenny Shaw will be participating in the ceremonial coin toss on Thursday, April 10 at CFE Arena.
Shaw, who is expected to hear his name called in the 2014 NFL Draft, was the veteran leader of Florida State's receiving corps this season. The sure-handed receiver helped guide the Florida State Seminoles to their first National Championship since 1999.
During the 2013 season, Shaw was tied for second on Seminoles in receptions (54) and was third in receiving yards (933). The receiver also returned punts where he ranked sixth in the ACC with a 9.7 average. The do-it-all receiver ranked 10th in the ACC in receiving yards (66.6 per game) and was second on the team with 1,204 all-purpose yards.
Shaw was a four-star prospect coming out of Doctor Phillips High School in Orlando according to Rivals, which ranked him as the No. 14 receiver prospect in the country, the No. 6 prospect overall in Florida and the No. 42 player nationally. The receiver is currently training and preparing for the NFL in Orlando, and he could not be more excited to participate in the coin toss this Thursday. "It was an opportunity that I could not pass up no matter how busy my schedule is," said Shaw. "Opportunities like this don't come around often, and I took it as a blessing. This is my first Arena Football game and I am excited to see what the game is all about."
ABOUT ORLANDO PREDATORS: The Orlando Predators are heading into their 23rd season as Orlando's most exciting and innovative professional sports franchise. Proud members of the Arena Football League, the Predators have achieved unprecedented success on the field, reaching the AFL postseason a league-leading 19 times in their history. The Orlando Predators have advanced to the AFL playoffs a league-leading 19 times in their history while securing seven conference championships, including two ArenaBowl Championship victories in 1998 and 2000.
Courtesy of Tri-Eagle Sales:
Tallahassee, Fla. -- Baseball fans can sign up at the Budweiser Good Sport designated driver program booth beginning at 5:00pm on April 1, prior to the start of the FSU baseball game against Florida Gulf Coast University at Dick Howser Stadium. Fans who pledge to be designated drivers before FSU sporting events will receive a complimentary Budweiser promotional product and a chance to be selected as the "Designated Driver of the Game." Designated Drivers of the Game are recognized on the stadium video board, and will receive a Budweiser Tailgate Prize Pack.
"Part of our ongoing commitment to the community is to promote responsible behavior when it comes to drinking before sporting events," said Mike LePorin, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing for Tri-Eagle Sales. "Good Sport is a program that ensures fans attending not only the game at Dick Howser Stadium but any FSU complex will have a good time and be good sports, while being reminded of the importance of Designated Drivers." LePorin will also be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday's game.
Major League Baseball Opening Day was Monday March 31st. Last month the Budweiser brand, the Official Beer Sponsor of Major League Baseball, hit the campaign trail with Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith to gather the minimum 100,000 signatures needed to declare Opening Day a national holiday, which they attained. Budweiser and Ozzie await official next steps, and are excited to celebrate and are appreciative of all the support the campaign has received across the country.
Tri-Eagle Sales is the locally owned and operated beverage wholesaler distributing Anheuser-Busch and many craft and specialty brands throughout fourteen counties in North and North Central Florida. They are proud sponsors of Florida State University Athletics.
Bobby's Back! Join legendary Coach Bobby Bowden in the Union on April 3rd as he rallies for a cure against Fanconi anemia, the rare genetic disease diagnosed in Coach Jimbo Fisher's young son.
The event begins at 9:30am with introductions by Kidz1stFund Chairwoman and wife of FSU head football coach, Candi Fisher. Admission is FREE. Autographs and photo session will be available.
On Saturday, April 5th, KRunners and FSULAW present the FIGHT FOR A CURE 5K benefitting Jimbo & Candi Fisher's Kidz1stFund. The race will start at the Unconquered Statue and loop 3.1 miles through scenic FSU campus. From there, the post-race party will kick off with live music, awards, raffle, and a complimentary beverage of choice for each runner, courtesy of Madison Social. Race MC will be none other than Heisman Trophy and Biletnikoff Award candidate, Florida State University Hall of Fame Inductee, and MVP of the '99 BCS National Championship Game Peter Warrick! Considered one of the best players in FSU history, come help welcome #9 back to Doak! Register for the race online here and for more information on Kidz1stFund and the fight against Fanconi anemia, please visit Kidz1stFund.com.
Courtesy of the ACC:
BROOKLYN (March 26, 2014) - Barclays Center announced today a two-year agreement with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and an extension with the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) that secures postseason conference tournaments in Brooklyn's major sports and entertainment venue through 2021.
The ACC Tournament will be played at Barclays Center in 2017 and '18. The A-10 will continue to hold its championship at Barclays Center in 2015 and 2016 and then return to the venue for three years in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The ACC and the A-10 will play inter-conference doubleheaders at Barclays Center in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In addition, the A-10 has secured a spot for its teams to participate in the annual BROOKLYN HOOPS™ events at Barclays Center.
"It's exciting to bring the elite ACC and its storied men's basketball tournament history to Brooklyn," said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. "We're looking forward to extending our Atlantic 10 partnership starting in 2019 through 2021 and creating competitive inter-conference doubleheaders with the ACC and the A-10. I want to thank ACC Commissioner John Swofford and Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade for their commitment to Barclays Center and to Brooklyn. It's clear that our position with both Conferences validates Barclays Center as the leading college basketball venue in the country."
"We are pleased that the ACC Basketball Tournament will be played at Barclays Center in 2017 and 2018," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "Barclays Center has quickly emerged as one of the premier sports and entertainment venues in the world and Brooklyn is a hot spot within the New York marketplace, which is an important part of our league's new footprint. I appreciate the cooperation and ongoing relationship with Bernadette McGlade and I want to thank Brett Yormark for his tireless efforts as this is an outstanding opportunity for our players, coaches, alumni and fans that continue to support the ACC and our 15 member institutions."
"Playing the A-10 Championship in Barclays Center is fantastic, and securing a three year extension is a great opportunity for the conference. Working in a collaborative way with Brett Yormark and John Swofford to negotiate a plan that is a win-win for all involved has been a good experience," stated Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. "This agreement that creates a scheduling partnership, the ability to play the A-10 Championship in other areas of our footprint and returning to the NY market is exciting, securing a solid future for the A-10."
The ACC Tournament has been held in seven different cities and 11 venues since the inaugural event in March of 1954. The Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum serves as host in 2015 and Washington D.C. will host the tournament in 2016.
The Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship just completed its second year at Barclays Center following six years at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. It has also been held in Cincinnati, Ohio, Philadelphia, Pa. and Dayton, Ohio.
The Barclays Center college basketball platform BROOKLYN HOOPS™ Tournament Play is presented by Ticketmaster, with other partners including Applebee's, GEICO, High Point Solutions, McDonald's, Modell's, JetBlue, New York Life, PC Richard & Son, and Honda.
About the Atlantic Coast Conference
The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 61st year of competition and 15 members strong, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. ACC members continue to build upon the cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a consistent balance of academics, athletics and integrity. For more information, visit theACC.com and follow @theACC and on facebook.com/theACC.
About the Atlantic 10 Conference
The Atlantic 10 Conference is a basketball-centric conference founded in 1976 and consists of 13 diverse members across seven states and Washington, D.C. The mission of the Atlantic 10 Conference is to provide an enhanced student-athlete experience through 21 nationally competitive championship sports. The conference is committed to integrity, educational excellence and providing quality equitable championship experiences for its student-athletes, coaches, and support staff. The membership consists of University of Dayton, Duquesne University, Fordham University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, La Salle University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, St. Bonaventure University, Saint Joseph's University, Saint Louis University and Virginia Commonwealth University. For more information, visit www.atlantic10.com.
About Barclays Center
Barclays Center opened on September 28, 2012, and is a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. One of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, Barclays Center offers 17,732 seats for basketball, 15,813 for hockey, and up to 18,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express.
Barclays Center hosts an extensive variety of events, including premier concerts, major professional boxing cards, top college basketball, family shows, the Brooklyn Nets and soon the New York Islanders.
Barclays Center has redefined the arena customer service and culinary experience. Its more than 2,000 employees are trained by Disney Institute, the business advisory arm of The Walt Disney Company, and its BrooklynTaste™ food program features selections from 55 well-known restaurants and vendors in the borough.
Barclays Center engages the customer with state-of-the-art technology to enhance the fan experience. As the first arena in the world to utilize Cisco StadiumVision mobile multicast streaming technology, Barclays Center allows fans to watch live video and instant replays from their mobile phones while connected to the arena's free Wi-Fi.
Located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City, Barclays Center is accessible by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, and 11 bus lines.