HOPKINSVILLE, KY – Hammer is known for making big moves in the bowling world. On the PBA Tour and PWBA Tour, Hammer sets its sights on top-tier talent and brings them into the fold. The collegiate world is no different.
Stephen F. Austin State, the reigning NCAA champions, will be sponsored by Hammer for the 2019 campaign season.
“Hammer is arguably the strongest brand in bowling at this time,” said Rob Gotchall, manager players and performance for Hammer. “When your products consistently perform at a high level and your brand recognition is high, you attract a lot of attention.”
“When Stephen F. Austin showed interest in affiliating with Ebonite International, we immediately thought Hammer would be the perfect match,” he said.
Amber Lemke, head bowling coach at Stephen F. Austin said the move to Hammer was the result of the program wishing to explore options they felt will yield more opportunities.
“With the relaunch of the PWBA and how important collegiate bowling is, we were looking to be part of a company that understands this,” Lemke said. “We wanted the family feel and a company that would invest their time into our student-athletes and university. We felt EBI was the best fit for us and we are honored to be under the Hammer brand.”
Lemke said communication is heavily stressed within the program and EBI is an excellent example of a company that has great communication across the board.
“Everyone we have come in contact with has been extremely helpful in the transition and it is clear they (EBI) want their college teams to succeed,” she said.
“When a recruit decides that Stephen F. Austin State University is the place for them, we do our best to give them best four years we can,” she said. “Our expectations every year is to create family environment where our student athletes get a great college education, create lasting memories, be good humans and improve their bowling skills.”
“I think building that environment and a positive team cultures leads to having success both in the classroom and in competition,” she said.
In addition to Stephen F. Austin State, Hammer also sponsors the following schools: Jackson State University, Lewis University, Lindenwood, Lindsey Wilson College, McKendree, Midland, Oklahoma Christian, Rio Grande, Saginaw Valley State and William Patterson.
Watch Hammer social media and the athletic pages of these schools to keep up with all the collegiate action this season.