Pontiac, MI (March 29, 2012)- The Michigan Bucks announced today that Admiral will be the official team supplier of the Great Lakes Division champions for the next six years. The Bucks will unveil the new custom made kit on Saturday, March 31 at 12:30 PM at Ultimate Soccer Arenas, immediately preceding the Bucks College Challenge featuring six of the areas top men’s and women’s college soccer teams. The uniform introduction is open to the public and pre sale tickets for the triple header event are only $7 if purchased prior to Saturday. Tickets at the gate will be $12 Adults and $7 Youth (16 and under). Children 5 and under are always free to Bucks events.
Admiral Sportswear is an English company passionate about soccer since 1914. The brand has been very popular throughout Europe over the decades and is best remembered here at home as the kit provider for the NASL’s New York Cosmos and the Detroit Express in the 1970’s-80’s. The company has set its sights on re launching its unique product line in strategic North American markets and chose the PDL power house Michigan Bucks as one of its latest teams.
"We have been reuniting with teams in North America over the past couple of seasons and have had an overwhelmingly positive response to both our extensive product line and outstanding service", said Paul Hamburger, President and CEO of Admiral Soccer. "We want to associate ourselves with all levels of teams because our line supports recreational and competitive teams. We do associate ourselves with winners and want to continue that streak with the Michigan Bucks, the PDL’s most successful team in history." Admiral is currently the sponsor of the 2011 PDL Champion Kitsap Pumas and the 2011 NASL Champion Minnesota Stars, in addition to many other teams (www.admiralsoccer.com).
Bucks Chairman and CEO Dan Duggan is grateful to have an ambitious partner with the background of Admiral. "They are the oldest soccer brand in the world, which is impressive in itself, but what made the difference to us is that they have a fresh approach to their product line that is comfortable to wear and appealing to the fans. Their customer service record is second to none so we are proud to have them partner not only with us, but with any of the local teams in the area that are in need of great prices and even better service." The Admiral staff will be on hand at the unveiling at 12:30 PM and will be available to spend time answering questions for all coaches and team managers. As an added bonus, Admiral will be providing free coach’s bags to those team managers and coaches in attendance (limited supplies). Those interested in attending the launch should contact Sherwin Connell at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first of the three College Challenge games of the day feature the Lady Spartans of Michigan State taking on the local favorite Lady Grizzlies from Oakland at 1:30 PM. This full length 90 minute college match will be followed by the highly competitive men’s teams from Michigan and MichiganState battling for spring supremacy at 3:45. The final game of the triple header will feature the return of a favorite son of the Michigan Bucks when Bucks Hall of Famer Paul Snape brings his Butler Bulldogs to take on his alma mater OaklandUniversity in the second men’s college game of the day. Kick off for the Butler/ OU game is set for 6 PM.
"I can’t wait to get back to my home in Michigan and spend time with all my soccer family from the Bucks, Oakland and U of M," said Snape. It is an honor to be asked to participate in this annual event and I can assure the fans they will get their money’s worth from the Butler / Oakland game alone. Our boys are hungry to prove they can play with the programs from the state of Michigan,’ concluded the Liverpool native who migrated to Oakland University over 15 years ago. Snape spent nine years with the Bucks as a player and coach and is one of the top ten leading scorers in PDL history. Snape was inducted into the Bucks Hall of Fame in 2004 before leaving to become an assistant coach at Michigan before taking the helm of the rejuvenated Butlerprogram last year.