OPRO have partnered with the International Basketball Foundation (IBF), the social, educational and legacy arm of FIBA, which addresses the role of basketball in society, preserving and promoting basketball’s values and cultural heritage.
As part of the partnership, OPRO will become the official mouthguard of the International Basketball Foundation, supporting their work through the provision of mouthguards to ensure each participant playing the sport has the best protection for their teeth.
The deal will run in unison with the IBF’s goal to initiate positive change through basketball under its ‘Basketball for Good’ strategy. This year, their projects will help 11,000 youths from 63 countries through various avenues including mini basketball for 5-12-year-olds at grassroots level, as well as country specific projects and international 3×3 basketball tournaments incorporating youth leadership workshops.
David Allen , OPRO Chief Executive Officer, said: “Wearing a top-quality mouthguard is imperative in basketball and we’re excited to be able to provide support to an organisation harnessing the power of sport to do great things.”
As part of the partnership, OPRO will also be recognised as a technical partner of the FIBA Equipment and Venue Centre, with its products available to all national federations, clubs and members to facilitate safe participation without compromising on protection.
Sheikh Saud Ali Al-Thani, IBF President, said: “Good health and wellbeing is one of the SDGs that the foundation aims to address and together we will be able to get closer to reaching this goal. Furthermore, as our target group are youngsters of both genders, we are sure that we are focussing on an issue that is of much concern to parents.”
With over 20 years’ experience, OPRO is dedicated to bringing leading technology, innovation and safety to athletes at all levels of sport and is the official mouthguard partner of over 60 teams, including England Rugby, Australia Rugby, New Zealand Rugby, USA Rugby, American Youth Football and the UFC.