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Athletic Departments Select Athlete Network For Groundbreaking Partnerships

Athlete Network, the industry leader in athlete services technology for intercollegiate athletics, is excited to announce a collaborative partnership with Kansas State University, Arkansas State University, and Lindenwood University Athletic Departments. Thought leaders in each athletic department joined Athlete Network to develop game-changing technology with the goal of enhancing the student-athlete experience and increasing the engagement of alumni athletes.

“Our staff is excited to partner with Athlete Network and their new technology,” said Gene Taylor, Athletic Director of Kansas State University. “However, our student-athletes and former athletes will be the true beneficiaries as we consolidate all our services in one spot on our own branded Wildcat Network.”

After surveying dozens of schools, challenges that have faced intercollegiate athletics for years became evident: decentralized services over multiple locations for current student-athletes, a lack of engagement with alumni athletes, and nonexistent data analytics and reporting. The surveys found these barriers are consistent regardless of school size, geography, or budget. Partnerships were then forged with Kansas State, Arkansas State, and Lindenwood Athletic Departments to collaborate with Athlete Network on all aspects of the technology solution, including layout, content, and functionality. 

“We’re beyond thankful to the Athletic Directors and administration at Kansas State, Arkansas State, and Lindenwood for partnering with our team to develop a customizable solution for every athletic department at every level,” said Brett Fuller, VP of Partnerships for Athlete Network. “Through their network, athletic administrators will not only be able to offer their services in one convenient location, but use data analytics to track the utilization of those services ensuring a beneficial relationship is maintained with their athletes for life.”

As part of a multi-year strategy, Athlete Network first focused on building a strong foundation with every Division I-A member school by making career and networking services available to all their student-athletes. The second phase was developing and growing a successful on-campus internship program to help student-athletes leverage their competitive traits beyond graduation. Since the program's inception in 2010, more than 2,300 student-athletes at over 500 colleges and universities have interned for Athlete Network. 

Now in the final phase of the strategy, Athlete Network is rolling out customized networks for athletic departments and associations in every division. As a result, athletic departments now not only have access to cutting edge data insights and reporting, but will also have the tools to modernize career placement services, offer robust mentoring programs, enhanced Letterwinners Clubs that furthers alumni engagement, and student-athlete development opportunities.
 

About Athlete Network:
Athlete Network is the largest network of current and former athletes, and was founded for athletes by athletes with the goal of helping 5 million athletes advance their careers. Based in Kansas City, Athlete Network provides collegiate athletic departments, Olympic committees, and professional sports teams a branded and customized network to organize, promote, and track the programs and services they offer current and alumni athletes. Visit www.athletenetwork.com more information.

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