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Adams USA ® Extends NPF Partnership Through 2005

DENVER – Adams USA, Inc., an original sponsor when the league launched as Women’s Professional Fastpitch, has agreed to enter its seventh year of partnership with National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) as the official supplier of performance gear.

Adams USA, Inc. began their support of the league in 1997 when Adams/Trace supplied kneepads, elbow pads and sliders to all the leagues teams. Adams’ new contract will run through December 31, 2005.

“Adams has been a staunch supporter of the league since we began league play in 1997. The renewed commitment of key supporters such as ADAMS USA is critical to the success of the league as we relaunch this year under a new name and new ownership structure,” said Richard A. Levine, NPF President & CEO. “This is an important deal, not only for NPF, but also for the advancement of women’s athletic gear.“

Adams USA will be the official supplier of all performance gear for NPF, including sliders, knee and elbow guards, technical t-shirts and wristbands.

“We are proud to further our involvement with National Pro Fastpitch, as we feel it is important for us to continue to support what has become one of the most popular sports for girls and women today.” said Garry McNabb, Adams USA. “At Adams, we produce equipment which provides the performance, durability and quality that today’s athletes must have.”

Adams USA, Inc. is one of the Nation’s leading manufacturers of performance and protective equipment for a variety of sports. The company has been dedicated to quality, durability and innovation since Joe Adams founded it in 1952. Under the ownership of the current stockholders: Ray Abel, Garry McNabb, Vaughn Howard and Brian Howard, Adams USA, Inc. continues to develop and manufacture new, state-of-the-art sporting goods products that meet the needs of athletes of all levels, from amateur to professional. Headquartered in Cookeville, TN, Adams USA, Inc. is the parent company for TRACE, NEUMANN, BOLCO Bases and BUCKS Belts. For more information on Adams USA or its products, visit www.adamsusa.com.

NPF, the world’s premier professional fastpitch softball league for women, consists of six teams located throughout the United States and features former USA Softball Women’s National Team members, collegiate All-Americans and all-conference selections. NPF’s 60-game regular-season schedule begins Tuesday, June 1 and concludes Wednesday, Aug. 18. The 2004 season features the inaugural NPF All-Star Game, the first-ever NPF Championship Semifinal and the first NPF Championship Series.

National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Denver, and has been in operation since 1997 under the names Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Professional Softball League (WPSL).

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