LEXINGTON, Ky. – The United States Marine Corps Sports Leadership Academy announced its partnership with Spalding as the official ball of its upcoming sports clinics around the country Friday.

The USMC Sports Leadership Academy is a unique experience for athletes seeking training that goes beyond the court, mat, or playing field. These nationwide sports clinics offer the chance to enhance playing ability through instruction from some of the area’s best coaches as well as learn leadership from some of America’s best leaders, the United States Marines.

“We are excited to partner with the USMC Sports Leadership Academy to serve as the official ball of their basketball, volleyball, and soccer programs,” Vice President of Global Marketing and Partnerships Kenyatta Bynoe said. “The sports skills and leadership curriculum they deliver help to enable and inspire today’s youth to excel both on and off their respective field of play.”

Spalding is the largest basketball equipment supplier in the world and America’s first baseball company. Spalding also serves official basketball of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), the official backboard of the NBA and NCAA, the official baseball of the Little League World Series® and the official volleyball of the King of the Beach® Volleyball Tour. In addition to being the leading producer and marketer of basketballs, footballs, volleyballs and soccer balls, Spalding produces softballs under the Dudley® brand. The SPALDING® and DUDLEY® trademarks are owned by Russell Brands, LLC. For more information, visit www.spalding.com.

“Having Spalding as a partner will add to the experience for our participants,” USMC Sports Leadership Academy Director Brandi Rayburn said. “Spalding provides quality equipment that will help the participants elevate their skillset, while learning key leadership qualities.”

The USMC Sports Leadership Academy will hold its inaugural volleyball clinic March 18 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. For event registration or additional information, visit usmcsports.com.