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May 15, 2002

SOUTHWEST Recreational Industries, Inc. Signs on as a NACDA Corporate Partner

Cleveland, Ohio - SOUTHWEST Recreational Industries, Inc., a leading provider of synthetic and natural turf and track products, has become a corporate partner of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) as the Official Sports Field and Track Supplier. The term is for a one-year period, running through June 2003.

"We are pleased to partner with an organization that has done so much to keep intercollegiate athletics professionals informed on important issues," said Reed J. Seaton, chief executive officer of Southwest. "Keeping those in the industry up-to-date on the latest issues is a critical component in continuing to improve the quality and safety of collegiate sports. We are excited to have an opportunity to support such a great organization and look forward to the inter-exchanging of valuable information between the two organizations to promote intercollegiate athletic sports and academics in the future."


Photo by Joan Tiefel

Finalizing the new sponsorship agreement at NACDA's headquarters in Cleveland was (l-r) Paul Franks of SOUTHWEST Recreational Industries, NACDA Executive Director Mike Cleary, Jim Savoca of SOUTHWEST Recreational Industries and Bob Vecchione of NACDA.
SOUTHWEST Recreational Industries, Inc., makes internationally recognized synthetic and natural turf and track brands that include AstroPlay®, AstroTurf®, NeXturf®, AstroGrass®, Eurotan® and Martin ISS® and is a general contractor for sports surfaces at all levels of competition. Southwest provides outstanding service, quality and dependability via dedicated manufacturing facilities, research and development labs, in-house design, and engineering and construction professionals. Headquartered in Leander, Texas, with offices throughout North America, Europe, the Pacific Rim and South America, Southwest is a subsidiary of American Sports Products Group Inc., one of the largest sports and recreation organization of its kind in the world.

"Southwest Recreational Industries, Inc. has been a staunch supporter of NACDA through the years, both as an exhibitor and as a major convention sponsor," said Mike Cleary, NACDA executive director. "This sponsorship commitment to become the Official Sports Field and Track Supplier of NACDA reiterates that Southwest intends to expand upon its leadership position in 2003 and beyond."

SOUTHWEST Recreational Industries, Inc. joins NACDA's other corporate partners including adidas; Continental Airlines; Daktronics, Inc., Host Communications; Jostens; Official College Sports Network; and Sears, Roebuck and Co.

NACDA, which is now in its 37th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Through its series of management seminars, clinics and workshops and publication of the bi-monthly magazine Athletics Administration, NACDA offers educational opportunities to its members. More than 1,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. NACDA also owns and operates the two preseason football games, the Kickoff and Pigskin Classics. Additionally, NACDA operates the Sears Directors' Cup program, which honors the all-sports champion in each of the NCAA Divisions -- I, II and III -- and the NAIA, for a total of four trophies.

For more information on SOUTHWEST Recreational Industries, Inc., visit their web site at www.southwestrec.com, or call 800/233-5714.

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