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  • WCC Announces Partnership with KAP7

    August 30, 2023 3 min read

    SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference announced on
    Wednesday a multi-year partnership with KAP7 as the Official Water Polo Ball of
    the WCC as the Conference will soon begin the inaugural men's water polo season
    in 2023.

    KAP7 will receive significant branding and on-site activation presence during the
    WCC Men's Water Polo Tournament, which will take place from Nov. 17-19 at
    Pepperdine. The tournament can be seen on ESPN+. “Partnering with KAP7 as the Official Water Polo Ball of the West Coast

    Conference will provide our league and members with access to the equipment
    used at the highest level of this sport,” said Sean Harris, WCC Associate
    Commissioner, Championships & Sports Administration. “We appreciate KAP7's
    support for our newly established men's water polo program and look forward to
    collaborating with an internationally recognized brand.” “KAP7 is excited to partner with the West Coast Conference as the official water polo ball,” said Bradley Schmacher, KAP7 President and founder. "This is a great opportunity for student-athletes to showcase their abilities with a nationally-recognized organization and is inline with our mission to support the sport of water polo nationally. Having the WCC add water polo provides the participating universities a direct path to the NCAA Championship. We look forward to see the athletes compete with the KAP7 NCAA Hydrogrip Ball."

    As the official water polo ball, KAP7 will also receive an integrated marketing
    presence throughout a full-year of assets with WCC alumni, fans, students and
    employees. The agreement was secured by Harris and the WCC’s multimedia rights partner

    About West Coast Conference
    Formed in 1952, The West Coast Conference was and has evolved and grown to
    become a bold force in NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics, nationally recognized for its competitiveness, energy and drive. Featuring 16 conference-
    sponsored sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, women’s beach volleyball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's
    rowing, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, women's
    volleyball, and men's water polo, the WCC has gained unstoppable momentum
    with student-athletes who are relentless in their pursuit of greatness. Fiercely
    dedicated and highly engaged both in the classroom and on the court, these
    exceptional people are known for their passion and rigor. Characterized by the
    stability of its membership, commitment to innovation and unique emphasis on
    combining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics, the WCC
    continues to set the bar for excellence in collegiate athletics.

    About KAP7
    KAP7 began in 1999 in the pool at a grassroots level focused on running clinics
    around the country. Officially formed in 2004, KAP7 saw the need for quality water
    polo products that were accessible and were built by people who truly understood
    and appreciated the sport. KAP7 is committed to psitively impacting the
    development of the sport by growing the community worldwide, creating best in
    class events and educational programs, and providing the highest quality water
    polo gear on the market.

    KAP7 has grown and expanded into other aquatic sports like swimming, Triathlon,
    sychronized swimming, and learn to swim products and programs. KAP7 sponsors
    clubs, teams, and organizations of all levels across the globe including
    partnerships with the NCAA, USA Water Polo, and in Ghana. www.kap7.com.

    About Van Wagner
    Van Wagner, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Van Wagner Group LLC, creates,
    advises, and sells on behalf of world-class teams, leagues, brands, properties, and
    colleges. An innovator in the sports and media business, Van Wagner is a global
    leader in high-impact broadcast visible signage throughout the MLB, NBA, NCAA, and the highest levels of international soccer, sponsorships sales, premium
    ticketing, college multi-media rights, and in-venue content production at the
    world’s biggest sporting events. www.vanwagner.com.

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