In a groundbreaking move for the company and the world of high school sports, Klutch Athletics, a sportswear brand in partnership with New Balance and founded by Rich Paul, has officially signed Aaliyah Crump. This deal marks a significant milestone, as Crump becomes the first female athlete and high school athlete to join the Klutch Athletics roster.
Aaliyah Crump, the number 1 ranked player for the class of 2025 in Minnesota, has been making waves in the world of high school basketball. Her exceptional skills on the court recently led her to win a gold medal with the USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team, showcasing her talent on an international stage.
Aaliyah expressed her excitement about the deal, noting the significance of this partnership. "It’s an unbelievable honor for me to become the first high school player and first female athlete to join the Klutch Athletics roster,” she said. “In many ways, this is a dream come true for me to join a brand that is having such an impact on sport, culture, and community. The product aligns perfectly with my needs and my style, and I’m thrilled to start the season in it.”
Rich Paul, the founder of Klutch Athletics, also shared his enthusiasm for this new partnership. “This is an exciting moment for Klutch Athletics, welcoming Aaliyah as the first high school player and first female athlete to join our roster,” Paul stated. “We’ve said from the beginning that we want to uplift and empower athletes across gender and sport, and adding an exceptional young talent like Aaliyah certainly helps advance that mission. She has a bright future ahead, and we look forward to supporting her journey with her team and in her community.”
Aaliyah Crump joins a roster that already boasts notable names like Will Anderson Jr. and Chase Young, further elevating the brand's presence in the sports world. Her inclusion is a step forward in diversifying the representation of athletes in sports marketing and promoting gender equality in the industry.
Crump's deal with Klutch Athletics is more than just a personal achievement; it's a landmark moment in sports marketing, especially for female athletes. It sets a precedent for other high school athletes and women in sports, indicating a shift towards more inclusive and diverse representation in the industry. For more updates on the latest happenings in the world of sneakers, streetwear, and more, download the Sole Retriever mobile app.
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