SwimOutlet.com, the web's most popular aquatics shop, and US National Water Polo Team captain Tony Azevedo, have agreed to a marketing partnership that will see Azevedo's name and likeness used in conjunction with SwimOutlet.com's marketing initiatives over the next year.
Azevedo is among the most-recognized players in the game, having been a water polo standout since high school and college years at Stanford. He was among the Top 4 goal scorers at the 2000 Sydney Olympics & second at the 2004 Athens Olympics. The U.S. team claimed silver at the 2008 Beijing Games. In the Summer of 2011, Azevedo won his fourth Pan Am Games Gold in Guadalajara, where he also had the honor to be the U.S. Flag Bearer at Closing Ceremonies. He has played professionally in top leagues in Europe & South America including stints with teams in Italy, Croatia, Montenegro and his birthplace Brazil.
"SwimOutlet.com is proud to help promote athletes and teams in all aquatics sports," said SwimOutlet.com CMO Alexander Sienkiewicz. "Water polo is no different and we are excited to work with Tony, one of the most charismatic and dominant athletes in any sport in the world. Our site has a tremendous selection of water polo products and we are happy to highlight this fact through our relationship with him."
To kick off the partnership Tuesday, Azevedo made a special "Gold Medal Delivery" on Valentine's Day to a club in Thousand Oaks, California. After his surprise arrival at the club to a loud chorus of cheers, Azevedo then played water polo with the kids, answered questions about competing in the Olympics and handed out free swim gear to those in attendance.
"It's exciting to partner up with a site and a brand like SwimOutlet.com," said Azevedo. "Especially in an Olympic year to see a company like SwimOutlet supporting water polo and other Olympic athletes and sports like they do is fantastic. I look forward to working with SwimOutlet.com to help grow the sport of water polo."
Azevedo will also become a SwimOutlet.com brand ambassador offering tips and advice on SwimOutlet.com and across its social media platforms throughout the year.