Baden Named Official Ball of the WIAA
After a five-year break, locally owned and operated Baden set to return as the Official Ball of Washington high schools
RENTON, Wash. - The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) today announced Baden Sports, a manufacturer of premium sports balls and a homegrown company with deep roots in the Pacific Northwest, will return as the official ball of the WIAA starting this year.
The new, multiyear agreement reestablishes Baden as the WIAA’s official ball for all sports except football, starting with the 2021-22 school year.
Baden, a third-generation family-owned company, has operated continuously in South King County for more than 40 years and recently moved into a new corporate headquarters in Kent, Washington.
“We believe in building stronger individuals and communities through sports. To be able to do that with the WIAA in our home state is a special honor, and one with magnified importance as we emerge from the pandemic,” said Jake Licht, CEO of Baden Sports. “We’re excited to once again be the official ball of Washington and look forward to delivering products athletes love and a standard of service that demonstrates our appreciation for the coaches, parents, and administrators that make sports happen.”
In addition to being used exclusively in WIAA-sanctioned state championship events, Baden balls also will be used exclusively in all district playoffs across the state.
“Baden, as a local company, is genuinely committed to the success of all the coaches and student-athletes in our membership,” said Mick Hoffman, Executive Director of the WIAA. “We’re thrilled to be resuming our partnership and look forward to seeing the positive impact Baden’s high-quality products and personalized service will have on our member schools.”
All Baden balls are made with the same attention to detail, quality craftsmanship, and dedication to the player – a commitment that ensures the purest feel, truest bounce, and most authentic play, no matter the sport or the season.
The WIAA has designated the following Baden game balls for exclusive use in the district and state postseason tournaments. All are approved by the National Federation of State High Schools (NFHS).
|Basketball – Boys
||Perfection Elite Pro
|Basketball – Girls
||Perfection Elite Pro
|Soccer – Boys & Girls
All Baden game balls and accessories can be purchased immediately through team dealers, online, or by contacting a Baden sales representative at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Baden Sports
Baden Sports, an independent, family-owned company with headquarters in Kent, Washington, designs and manufactures high-quality sports balls for players of all ages, skills, and abilities. Baden’s innovation and commitment to quality has led conferences, clubs, teams, and coaches at all levels to choose Baden as their official ball. For more information, visit badensports.com.
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Founded in 1905, the WIAA is a membership organization of over 800 middle level and high schools from every corner of the state with the goal of making memories through education-based activities. The WIAA supports and sponsors 23 sports along with five activities that incorporate over 500,000 student participants. The WIAA and its member schools believe in the value of extra-curricular activities have been linked to better standardized test scores, increased school attendance, improved physical and mental health, and a more positive student experience.