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NSGA Establishes Scholarships To Honor Jim Faltinek

The National Sporting Goods Association has established the Program to provide scholarships to the Association's annual Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit.

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) has established the James L. Faltinek Scholarship Program, named in honor of retired President & CEO Jim Faltinek. Each year, a total of five scholarships to the NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit will be awarded to long-time NSGA-member retailers/dealers and first-time Conference/Summit attendees through this program.

“The growth of the Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit in the last 10 years can be traced directly to the efforts of Jim Faltinek,” said NSGA Chairman of the Board Bob Dickman, general manager of the Sport Supply Group Team Dealer Division. “The Team Dealer Summit was founded 11 years ago and is an important part of the event.

“This scholarship program is a fitting way to honor Jim for his dedication to NSGA for nearly three decades,” Dickman said. “These scholarships will allow retailers and dealers to attend the Conference and Summit, who otherwise may not be able to be part of this great event.”

The 45th Annual NSGA Management Conference and 11th Annual Team Dealer Summit will be held May 3-6, 2009 at the Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, Texas.

NSGA staff will select the scholarship winners based on criteria recommended by the Board of Directors. Retailers and team dealers who haven’t attended the Conference/Summit may indicate their interest in being considered for a scholarship by contacting Paul Prince at NSGA by February 20. Phone: 800-815-5422, ext. 132, or e-mail:

Team Dealer Summit co-sponsors are Mueller Sports Medicine, Russell Athletic Group (Russell Athletic, Bike, Spalding, Huffy Sports, Moving Comfort, Brooks Sports and American Athletic, Inc.), The SportsOneSource Group, Sporting Goods Dealer Team Business and the NSGA Team Dealer Division.

Conference & Summit sponsors include ADT Security Services, Inc., Champion Athleticwear, Cruzin Cooler, Edifice Information Management, Gatorade, GE Money Sport Finance Program, Glenview Health Systems, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., Messe Műnchen GmbH (ISPO), Mizuno USA, Inc., Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc., M.J. Soffe Co., Inc., New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc., NIKE, Inc., The NPD Group, Inc., NSGA Team Dealer Division, Russell Athletic Group (Russell Athletic, Brooks Sports, Spalding, Bike, Moving Comfort, Huffy Sports, American Athletic, Inc.); SGD TEAM Business; Sporting Goods Business; The SportsOneSource Group, Wild Sales, LLC – Tailgate Toss; and Wilson Sporting Goods Co.

Scholarship providers include Alleson Athletic; All Star Division/Ampac Enterprises, Inc.; American Sporting Goods Corp.; Bison, Inc.; Irwin Broh & Associates; Champion Athleticwear; Cramer Products, Inc.; Holloway Sportswear, Inc.; Leisure Trends Group; McDavid Sports; Rawlings Sporting Goods Co., Inc.; Russell Athletic Group (Russell Athletic, Brooks Sports, Spalding, Bike, Moving Comfort, Huffy Sports, American Athletic, Inc.); Skechers USA; Spira Footwear; Sportline, Inc.; Twin City Knitting Co., Inc.; and Wilson Sporting Goods Co

A complete schedule of speakers, panel discussions, workshops, networking time and social activities is included in brochures that were mailed earlier this month and posted on the NSGA website (

For more information, please contact Sue Wenderski or Chuck Suritz at NSGA, (800) 815-5422, or e-mail:

About NSGA:
NSGA, which has served the sporting goods industry since 1929, organizes and hosts the annual NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit, the sporting goods industry’s premier educational and networking event (Next: May 3-6, 2009, at the Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, Texas).

For more information on NSGA member services, visit the Association home page (; call Sue Wenderski at NSGA, (847) 296-6742, Ext. 102; e-mail:; or fax (847) 391-9827.