Badger Sports Properties, the mens soccer program and Big Toe Soccer announced a new partnership this week. Beginning in 2004, Wisconsins traditional season kickoff invitational will be sponsored by Big Toe Soccer and titled the University of Wisconsin Big Toe Soccer Invitational.
We are very excited about the partnership between Big Toe Soccer and our soccer program, said Head Coach Jeff Rohrman. As a major player in the soccer retail industry, Big Toe Soccers support of our tournament will add greatly to the quality and visibility of our event.
Based in Madison, Wis., Big Toe Soccer is Americas premier direct marketer of soccer apparel, equipment and footwear. Founded in 1994, the company focuses on soccer players, coaches and teams and is locally owned and operated.
Were very proud to be become an official sponsor of the University of Wisconsins soccer programs, said Big Toe Soccer General Manager Galen Eckland. As a Madison-based company, Big Toe Soccer views our sponsorship of UW Soccer as both a commitment to UW Athletics and the community we live in.
This year, the Big Toe Soccer Invitational takes place the first weekend in September, on Friday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 5. In addition to the Badgers, the field includes in-state rival UW-Milwaukee, Evansville and Dayton. UWM is no stranger to the Invitational, making its ninth appearance (1992-97, 99, 03), including winning titles in 1995 and 1999. Evansville and Dayton, though not new opponents for Wisconsin, make their debut at the Big Toe Soccer Invitational this year.
At last years event, Wisconsin lost its opening match to New Mexico, but rebounded for its first season win in a 1-0 shutout of Northern Illinois. The Badgers placed two on the All-Tournament team, Aaron Hohlbein and Watson Vaughan Prather.
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