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From initial brainstorming sessions to onsite activation, a ESPN Wide World of Sports Sponsorship is about far more than outstanding athletes, spectators or event competition; it's about collaborating with an organization committed to creativity, excellence and innovation. It's about a strategic partner who understands your marketing and business goals and helps you exceed them. It's about delivering memorable experiences and lasting impressions, on and off the field.
Find out how your company can become part of the action today by contacting us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to check out the following pages to see some of the exciting events that are supported by sponsors...we're positive you'll be impressed with our wide array of offerings for your organization and/or client!
To create an emotional connection and build relationships with sports minded consumers through partnerships that inspire, empower, inform, improve and entertain.
Experiences / Event Activation
Each year 100,000 running enthusiasts, supported by families and loved ones, take part in a unique collection of six endurance events hosted at the world's most magical family vacation destinations. Participants enjoy the thrill of running through Disney theme parks, being "high-fived" by their favorite Disney characters along race courses and receiving unique Disney character finishing medals. Our showcase events include:
Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by CIGNA
Every January, 45,000 runners and their families descend on Walt Disney World® to fulfill a dream: to complete the 26.2-mile Walt Disney World® Marathon or 13.1-mile Half-Marathon. Annually ranked by Runners World as one of the top ten Marathon's in the country, the Walt Disney World® Marathon is the only Marathon in the country that takes runners through four Disney theme parks.
Weekend activities include:
2009 Walt Disney World® Marathon Attendance:
78% of Walt Disney World® Marathon runners travel from outside of the Florida area, representing various states and countries.
Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend is an event designed to bring women of all ages together at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida. Themed around the Disney Princess, the weekend provided a unique experience focused on health, fitness, and positive self image. The inaugural event sold out with over 11,000 runners and the event is expected to double in size by 2011.
What Will You Celebrate?
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
The inaugural 2010 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend will bring runners of all ages and abilities together to participate in an event designed to celebrate running combined with everyone's favorite fall activities. Themed around the season, the weekend will provide unique experiences throughout the Walt Disney World® Resort focused on fun, food, family, friendship and fitness.
Weekend Activities will include:
Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend
Over 20,000 guests participate in the Happiest Race on Earth at the Disneyland® Resort in California. It's a weekend designed for the whole family with kids' races, a 5k, 2 day expo, and Half Marathon. The big race will take runners through Sleeping Beauty's castle, Disney's California Adventure and Angel Stadium. A unique partnership with the City of Anaheim has increased the visibility of the event throughout Southern California and beyond as the event continues to attract participants and sponsors from around the globe.
2009 Disneyland® Half Marathon Attendance:
Exclusive Sponsorship Opportunities for runDisney:
Atlanta Braves Spring Training
Braves Spring Training has been hosted at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex since 1997. 140,000 fans get the chance to see their favorite players throughout the course of a 16 game season that feature the best Major League Baseball players.
Champion® Stadium is an intimate venue with every one of the 10,000 seats right on top of the action, delivering a Spring Training experience that is second to none.
Nine games from each of the last three seasons have been broadcast on ESPN and Fox Sports Net South viewed by 4M 5M households.
Atlanta Braves Spring Training Experience:
Children's Miracle Network Classic
Experience golf at it's finest with Central Florida's longest running PGA TOUR event - the Children's Miracle Network Classic! With world class golf courses and top PGA TOUR players, this event gives sponsors, participants and guests the satisfaction of knowing their support goes directly to making a difference in the lives of children.
Children's Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 170 children's hospitals. Donations create miracles by funding miracle care, research and education that saves and improves the lives of 17 million children each year. 2010 will mark the 39th year in which the PGA TOUR golf has been present in Central Florida and potentially airing over 30 hours of coverage on the Golf Channel.
Platforms for Company Growth:
Business Development - Create the ultimate business to business relationships in one of the Children's Miracle Network Classic sponsorship experience:
Disney Created Soccer & Other Team Sports:
Each year Disney Sports hosts over 60 Disney Created Events, representing over 40,000 participants. Youths and adults get the opportunity to play and compete with the best in the world. ESPN Wide World of Sports owns and operates youth and adult soccer tournaments and manages third party events, totaling over 40 soccer event days. Over 65 % of participants who compete in the Disney Created Tournaments are from outside the state of Florida.
Together, we are all dedicated to the future of youth sports, athletic achievement and making ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex the best sports venue in the world.
Official Rental Car Company for Walt Disney World® Resort
Corporate Coach, ESPN Wide World of Sports
Founded in 1974, Alamo Rent A Car is one of the nation's largest rental car companies. They service the most popular domestic and international travel destinations by providing quality vehicles and service to leisure, business, and local customers.
The company operates in over 1000 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asian-Pacific, Africa and Australia with over 150,000 quality vehicles that serve 15 million travelers annually.
For more information go to www.alamo.com
AS Roma, also known as "i Giallorossi" (the yellow-reds) is a professional football team based in Rome, the capital of Italy and one of the most iconic cities of the world. The team was founded in 1927 due to a merger of three older Italian Championship clubs. It is one of the biggest clubs worldwide with 88 million fans, 8 million of which are based in the US.
AS Roma's home field is the Stadio "Olimpico", situated in the Foro Italico, an historical and unique sports complex in Rome. During its history, the team has received honours such as 3 Serie A titles, 9 Italian Cup, 2 Italian Super Cups and 1 Inter-Cities Fairs cup, and they were runners up in the 1984 Champions Cup and 1991 UEFA Cup.
ESPN ranked AS Roma third highest for World Cup winners, with players like the Italians Attilio Ferraris IV and Bruno Conti, the Brazilians Marcos Cafu and Aldair, the German striker Rudi Voeller and French right back Vincent Candela, and they had at least one winning player in every tournament from 1990 to 2006. Other AS Roma legendary players were past captains Fulvio Bernardini and Agostino Di Bartolomei, the Brazilian standout Paulo Roberto Falcao and great scorers like Roberto Pruzzo and Argentine Gabriel Batistuta.
Currently managed by popular Czech coach Zdenek Zeman, the team is captained by 2006 World Champions Francesco Totti, who has long since secured his place in the history of the club and soccer in general. Other top players are 2006 World Cup winners Daniele De Rossi and Simone Perrotta, and young sensations like Argentine Erik Lamela, Catalan striker Bojan Krkic, and Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic. Over the last decade AS Roma has cemented their place in the Italian top-flight finishing among the top three teams in Serie A six times of the last decade.
Partnering with AS Roma brings another element to the sport of soccer as the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex is the official winter home and training facility for AS Roma. Guests will experience a truly unique opportunity to see a world class team up close and personal as they train during the Serie A winter break. In addition, players who participate in Disney's Soccer Showcase in December will have the opportunity to interact with AS Roma, competing for college scholarships at the same facility where AS Roma will be training for their professional season.
For more information go to AS Roma
Title Sponsor, Champion® Stadium, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Champion® builds on its heritage as an originator and innovator of men's and women's sports apparel by answering the needs of athletic, health-minded people with innovative, high-quality athleticwear and related products.
Champion® athletic apparel is for the everyday athlete who is serious about sports and the personal challenge of athletics. While Champion® had its beginnings in 1919, the brand took off when the Reverse Weave sweatshirt was introduced and became an instant classic. Today Champion® is an international maker of high-quality, authentic athletic apparel and a front-runner in innovation focused on providing athletes with the finest apparel in the world.
Innovation is a reflection of Champion's integrity and the dedication to offer the best sports apparel possible, with practical, real advances. Champion® is all about innovation and comfort - and we deliver season after season.
For more information go to www.championusa.com
Title Sponsor, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
For more information go to www.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org
Chiquita Brands International, Inc. (NYSE: CQB) is a leading international marketer and distributor of high-quality fresh and value-added food products - from energy-rich bananas and other fruits to nutritious blends of convenient green salads. The company markets its healthy, fresh products under the Chiquita® and Fresh Express® premium brands and other related trademarks. With annual revenues of more than $3 billion, Chiquita® employs more than 21,000 people and has operations in nearly 70 countries worldwide.
Chiquita® now shares with Disney's guests and participants how its fresh and convenient products can help improve personal nutrition. Chiquita® and Fresh Express® products add to Disney's existing portfolio of nutritious snack items as well as its ongoing effort to promote healthy lifestyles and nutrition for kids and families. Chiquita® bananas and Fresh Express® salad items will be featured throughout Walt Disney World® Resort and offer visitors convenient low calorie snacks.
For more information, please visit www.chiquita.com.
Launched January 7, 2004. Viewed in approximately five million Hispanic cable households, reaching more than 40 percent of the U.S. Hispanic cable homes. Devoted to serving the Latino sports fans - a fanbase that has been historically underserved - by offering high-quality, culturally relevant sports programming. The network currently offers the most diverse sports programming available on Spanish-language television. More than 1,500 live and/or original hours of sports programming presented annually.
For more information go to www.espndeportes.com
ESPNU is a 24-hour college sports network which launched March 4, 2005. Distributed to 20 million households. ESPNU featured almost 500 live events (regular-season and championships) and doubled its distribution in its first year. Action includes a variety of top football and men's and women's basketball mixed with baseball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, ice hockey, wrestling and more. ESPNU also offers comprehensive studio programming, such as SportsCenterU, ESPNU Coaches Spotlight, ESPNU Recruiting Insider and National Signing Day, replays of ABC Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Regional Television games, plus specials and more. ESPN Regional Television (ERT) in Charlotte, N.C. handles production responsibilities for ESPNU. ESPNU.com: launched in August 2006 as an online college sports hub that functions as home for college sports multimedia content.
For more information go to www.espnu.com
Official Partner of ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Full Sail University
Over the past 30 years, Full Sail University has built a reputation as one of the premier art, music, and film schools in the world. Throughout the entertainment, media, and arts industry, Full Sail graduates have made their names working on award-winning films and albums, acclaimed video games and design projects, live productions, working inside major media companies, and more. Utilizing an innovative approach to education that is both immersive and project-based, Full Sail's degree programs are designed to reflect the real-world needs of the entertainment, media, and arts industry, while encouraging students to explore their own creativity and artistic passion.
For more information, please visit fullsail.edu.
Title Sponsor, HESS® Fields, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
HESS® Corporation is a leading global independent energy company, engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, as well as in refining and in marketing refined petroleum products, natural gas, and electricity. The Company has operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Azerbaijan, Thailand and Indonesia.
Hess has also become the leading independent retailer on the U.S. East Coast, with over 1,350 retail marketing facilities serving customers in 14 states from Massachusetts to Florida. Their partnership with ESPN Wide World of Sports officially began in 2004, when they announced a 20-acre expansion to the existing multi-sports fields.
For more information go to HESS® Sports Fields
Title Sponsor, HP Field House, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
HP is a technology company that operates in more than 170 countries around the world. HP explores how technology and services can help people and companies address their problems and challenges, and realizes their possibilities, aspirations and dreams. They apply new thinking and ideas to create more simple, valuable and trusted experiences with technology, continuously improving the way our customers live and work.
No other company offers as complete a technology product portfolio as HP. HP provides infrastructure and business offerings that span from handheld devices to some of the world's most powerful supercomputer installations. They offer consumers a wide range of products and services from digital photography to digital entertainment and from computing to home printing. This comprehensive portfolio helps them to match the right products, services and solutions to customers' specific needs.
For more information go to www.hp.com
Title Sponsor of the Jostens® Center, an 80,000 + sq. ft. facility located at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Minneapolis, MN based Jostens is the "Official" Memory Book provider for ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as well as "Official" Photobook provider at Walt Disney World® Resort. For over a century, Jostens® has been providing products, programs and services that inspire achievement and celebrate memories.
The Company's market leading products include school yearbooks, memory books for groups, class rings and graduation products, along with jewelry and awards for athletic champions and their fans. Their unique, custom-designed products recognize the achievements of athletes and teams participating annually at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
For more information go to www.jostens.com
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system and its online and network services the PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Store. Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one, PlayStation 2, PSP and PS3 systems for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC serves as headquarters for all North American operations.
Official Field Maintenance Provider for ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
The Toro Company
In 2006, The Toro Company, Walt Disney World® Resort and The First Tee joined together to develop an innovative educational program surrounding the game of golf. The Future Leaders Forum, a three-day immersion in the sport, business and science of golf, provides character education to prepare tomorrow's leaders for college and the future.
Since 1998, Toro has been the official provider of turf maintenance equipment for ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the Walt Disney World® Resort.
For more information go to www.toro.com