Campbell Soup Company to Serve as Title Sponsor for
ITA Rankings and ITA Player of the Year Awards
SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), the governing body of college tennis, is pleased to announce that a multi-year agreement has been reached between the ITA and the Campbell Soup Company in which the company will serve as the title sponsor for the ITA College Tennis Rankings and the ITA College Players of the Year awards.
"We are delighted to enter into a partnership with Campbell," said David A Benjamin, ITA Executive Director. "We are sure that this will be a wonderful way of helping further promote the ITA and our world of college tennis."
In addition to its relationship with the ITA, Campbell is a supporter of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and is the title sponsor of the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championship.
"Campbell Soup Company is pleased to play a role in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association," said Jerry S. Buckley, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Campbell Soup Company. "College tennis players represent the best of college athletics and help promote tennis to young people across the country. Campbell has long been committed to encouraging young people to lead a healthy lifestyle, including getting an appropriate amount of exercise."
In 2003, Campbell was a founding sponsor of Shaping America's Youth, an initiative that promotes childhood and adolescent physical activity. The company also sponsors the Harlem Globetrotters C.H.E.E.R. program which teaches elementary school children about the benefits and fun of physical activity, as well as encouraging good citizenship. In 2006, Campbell became a participating company in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, by adopting their voluntary guidelines for snacks and side items sold in schools.
Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings
The ITA College Tennis Rankings are designed to track the top men and women teams and singles and doubles players at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College levels.
At the NCAA Division I level the ITA Rankings are determined by a computerized system, using the ITA's average points-per-match formula. National rankings are released 17 times during the collegiate tennis season (beginning with the pre-season rankings in September, followed by the fall and then spring which includes 15 consecutive weeks). The Division I rankings include the top 75 teams, top 125 singles players and top 60 doubles. Division I regional rankings are released twice a year (fall and year-end) - the top 15 teams, top 30 singles players and top 15 doubles teams are ranked for men and women in each of the eight ITA regions. The ITA Rankings are also used in selection of all ITA National Championships as well as the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
ITA Rankings at the Small College level (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges) are determined by committee vote and released from 4-6 times a season depending on the division. Typically the top 25 teams, top 50 singles players and top 25 doubles teams are ranked nationally in each of the small college divisions. Regional rankings are administered at the Division II and III levels and will include the top 10-20 teams, 15-20 singles players and 10-15 doubles teams.
All told, more than 600 men's and women's tennis programs from across the country will receive a regional and/or national ranking during the course of a given season. And over 1,200 student-athletes will receive regional and/or national singles/doubles rankings in a season.
The ITA College Tennis Rankings are one of the ITA's most visible programs, garnering national exposure in newspapers, magazines and websites across the country after each release date.
Campbell/ITA College Tennis rankings can be found at www.itatennis.com.
About the Intercollegiate Tennis Association
As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA, and the ITA Rankings for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA web site is www.itatennis.com.
About Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality foods and simple meals, including soup, baked snacks, and healthy beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of market-leading brands, including "Campbell's," "Pepperidge Farm," "Arnott's," and "V8." For more information on the company, visit Campbell's website atwww.CampbellSoup.com