FEYONDA FITZGERALD CHOOSES IPZ

WNBA Draft Pick Signs with InterperformancesUSA

WARREN, NJ, October 9, 2017 – Feyonda Fitzgerald, a 2017 WNBA draft pick and leading scorer for a top team in Poland, has signed with InterperformancesUSA (IPZ), the company announced today.

The 5-foot-7 point guard played collegiately for Temple University from 2013 to 2017. Fitzgerald made an immediate impact for the Owls as she started all 30 games as a freshman and was Temple’s top scorer averaging 12.9 points per contest. She was a unanimous All-Freshman Team selection and was named to American’s All-Conference Second Team.

As a sophomore, Fitzgerald appeared in all 37 contests and put up 11.1 points per game. The following season, she became an All-Conference Second Team selection once more after averaging 13.6 points, 5.3 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per contest.

In her senior year, Fitzgerald became the Owls’ single-season assist record holder dishing out 232 dimes, and she took ownership of the school’s all-time assist record with 635. Fitzgerald averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game, while knocking down 82.7 percent of her free throw attempts and was named to American’s All-Conference First Team. This high-caliber season catapulted Temple to a 24-8 record as well as the Owls’ first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011. Fitzgerald also earned All-American honors and became the first Owl to do so since 2007.

Fitzgerald was selected in the second round of the 2017 WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever. After stints with the Fever and the Connecticut Sun (WNBA) during training camp, the All-American point guard went on to compete overseas. Fitzgerald currently plays for AZS UMCS Lublin (Basket Liga Kobiet – the highest-tier league in Poland) and is averaging 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists per contest through three games.

“Feyonda is a fierce competitor and a proven winner,” said IPZ’s Managing Director of Basketball Shawn Farmer. “She was a star for Temple and there’s no doubt in my mind that she will continue to have the same success – if not more – in her professional career.”

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com. 

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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NFL Alumni Launches New Marketing Effort

Zito Partners and InterperformancesUSA to Collaborate

WARREN, NJ, September 27, 2017 – National Football League Alumni (NFLA), the most well-known and well-respected retired player organization, has teamed up with Zito Partners (ZP) and InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) to assist in its branding and marketing efforts.

“We have been fortunate to work with the NFL Alumni for the past five years,” said Robert Zito, Founder of Zito Partners and Managing Partner of InterperformancesUSA. “The work the Alumni do for children and former players is exemplary and we are thrilled to continue helping them. The Alumni and its members have an amazing ability to engage brands, their followers, and employees and customers of those brands.”

NFL Alumni has a dual mission of “Caring for Our Own & Caring for Kids,” as it serves, assists, and informs players during their post-NFL lives, while also engaging them to give back to their communities by raising funds for youth charities. NFL Alumni is comprised of retired NFL players, coaches, professionals, cheerleaders, spouses, and associate members.

NFL Alumni is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Its members are organized in chapters located throughout the United States. NFL Alumni fundraising efforts raise more than $1,000,000 per year for charity.

“I am pleased to continue our work with Zito Partners as they help us bridge the gap to expand to corporate relationships,” said Elvis Gooden, Interim President and CEO of NFL Alumni. “We are excited to utilize their marketing expertise as well to increase our brand awareness.”

About NFL Alumni: NFL Alumni is a nationwide group of former NFL players, coaches, staffers, cheerleaders, spouses and associate members whose mission is to serve, assist and inform former players and their families. The Alumni offers a variety of medical, financial and social programs to help members lead healthy, productive and connected lives, as well as community initiatives under its “Caring for Kids” programs. For more information please visit www.nflalumni.org.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

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Kyrsten Van Natta
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kyrsten@ipzusa.com

Sports Business Daily: USA Volleyball CEO Touts Adidas Deal’s Scope, Activation

USA Volleyball CEO Jamie Davis said the organization’s partnership with Adidas is the “biggest deal we’ve ever done in the history of volleyball.” Davis said of Adidas, “What they’re bringing to it is activation. They’re doing more than just giving us money and giving us financing. They’re really working with the youth that are playing in the sport to try to get them active in it.” Davis said with youth participation in volleyball on the rise, “We wanted to be with a brand that was as hot as we felt we were so that together we’d be able to grow” (“Mornings with Maria,” Fox Business, 9/19).

View online: http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Closing-Bell/2017/09/19/USAV.aspx

USA Volleyball on Fox Business: Mornings with Maria

USA Volleyball CEO Jamie Davis on the new deal with adidas and the growing popularity of volleyball in America.

Watch the video here: http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/5580686779001/?playlist_id=3166411554001#sp=show-clips

All-Stars Across Industries and IPZ Team Members Honor FDNY

FDNY Foundation Hosts Annual FDNY All-Star Event

Legends from the worlds of sports, television, radio and the arts came together with longtime friends of the FDNY and business leaders to support the Department and mark the 16th anniversary of September 11th at the annual FDNY All-Star event on Thurs., Sept. 14.

“None of us can ever forget that terrible morning and the unimaginable losses we suffered,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “We will never forget the bravery displayed or the tremendous sacrifice made by so many so that others could live. And though the pain of that day will always remain with us, I also vividly remember the times that followed – the outpouring of support from so many across the city and around the world. Countless times, so many of you honored our members, showed your appreciation for their work, visited with our families and gave us moments to celebrate and cheer once again. Those positive memories are part of what makes this event so special.”

“Thank you to all of our celebrity friends for being with us today, for taking time out of your busy schedules and continuing to be such amazing friends and supporters to the FDNY,” said FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard. “The teams in our city and the many sports leagues have all shown support to the FDNY over the years. You have supported us in the days after September 11th, and you are still here today. We are all huge fans and appreciate you remembering the members of the FDNY now and in the past through your actions.”

The event was hosted by Sports Radio host and good friend to the FDNY, Mike Francesca, at the New York City Fire Museum in Manhattan. A luncheon with Francesa was followed by a broadcast of WFAN’s “Mike’s On” radio show from the Fire Museum.

Darryl Strawberry, John Starks, John Franco, Bobby Burke, Calen Carr, Jeff Curtin, Keith Elias, Jim Fassel, Nelson Figueroa, Kym Hampton, Famke Janssen, Sukanya Krishnan, Jim Leyritz, Deirdre Lovejoy, Madeleine Martin, John Plunkett, Chris Snee, Charles Way, Chris Weidman and Brian Williams were among the celebrities who turned out to honor the anniversary and the members of the FDNY, as well as to support the FDNY Foundation.

The All-Star event is one of the highlights of the year for the FDNY Foundation and serves as one of its biggest fundraisers. Support from the Foundation allows the Department to fund awareness and outreach programs, fire and life safety education across the city, as well as FDNY member training and new technology and equipment.

“This incredible event brings us together to mark a somber anniversary, but also to celebrate the bravery of the men and women of the FDNY and the support the Department has received from so many in our community,” said FDNY Foundation Vice Chairman Robert Zito. “Our partners and supporters work tirelessly to make sure we have the funds we need to help its members keep New Yorkers safe.”

“We’re here to reminisce about great moments, create new ones and work together to support this great Department that we all love,” said Commissioner Nigro. “By supporting the FDNY Foundation, each of you is truly supporting the Firefighters, Paramedics and EMTs of the FDNY who go into harm’s way day after day to keep this city safe.”

To support the life-saving work of the FDNY, please consider offering your support today. Click here to make a donation.

View the original online: http://www.fdnyfoundation.org/fdny-foundation-hosts-annual-fdny-all-star-event/

TYRELL NELSON TO PLAY IN GEORGIA’S TOP LEAGUE

InterperformancesUSA Athlete Signs with BC Rustavi

 WARREN, NJ, September 7, 2017 – Tyrell Nelson has signed a professional contract with BC Rustavi (Georgia-Superleague – the highest tier league in Georgia) for the 2017-2018 season.

“I’m excited to get my career started with Rustavi,” said Nelson. “I believe this team is where I need to be and I can’t wait to get there and help in any way I can.”

Nelson – an All-Big South Honoree – averaged 12.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in his senior year with Gardner-Webb.

“Tyrell was a beast in college and I don’t see why he won’t continue to be for Rustavi,” said IPZ’s Managing Director of Basketball Shawn Farmer. “We are eager to see what Tyrell will accomplish in Georgia’s top league.”

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com. 

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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BRE MCDONALD INKS FIRST PRO CONTRACT

IPZ Athlete Signs With Ӧstersund Basket

WARREN, NJ, September 6, 2017 – Bre McDonald has signed a professional contract with Ӧstersund Basket (BasketEttan – a league in Sweden) for the 2017-2018 season.

“I’m super excited and thankful for the opportunity to begin my professional career with an organization like Ӧstersund,” said McDonald.

In her senior year at Eastern Carolina University, the six foot combo player averaged 11.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game.

“Ӧstersund is a tremendous fit for Bre,” said Shawn Farmer, IPZ’s managing director of basketball. “I’m confident that Bre will be a game-changer for the club; she’s going to open some eyes with her abilities.”

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com. 

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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RUTH SHERRILL PLAYING PROFESSIONALLY IN IRELAND

IPZ Athlete Begins Her First Season as a Pro

WARREN, NJ, September 6, 2017 – Ruth Sherrill has signed a professional contract with Killester Basketball Club (competes in Ireland’s top national leagues) for the 2017-2018 season.

“I couldn’t be happier to be starting my professional career in Dublin with Killester,” said Sherrill. “It’s a great program that has already been very welcoming to me. I am so excited to be a part of a family and goal-oriented organization. I am also looking forward to this season; the team and I have a lot of expectations and goals that I’m sure we will not only accomplish, but surpass.”

Sherrill, the former Temple Owl, left for Dublin on Saturday, September 2 and played in the team’s first scrimmage of the season on September 4, when she posted a double-double.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Ruth,” said Shawn Farmer, IPZ’s managing director of basketball. “She will most definitely be an impact player for Killester. The club has an outstanding reputation for housing a family environment and Ruth will fit right in.”

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com. 

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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AARON COSBY: THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE IPZ FAMILY

Professional Basketball Player Selects InterperformancesUSA for Representation

WARREN, NJ, August 17, 2017 – Aaron Cosby, a professional basketball player and proven game-changer, has chosen InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) for representation, the company announced today.

The 6-foot-3 guard is a native of Louisville, KY, and played collegiately at Seton Hall, Illinois, and Western Kentucky. In his freshman year at Seton Hall, Cosby averaged 7.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. The following season with the Pirates, Cosby improved his numbers averaging 12.6 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per contest, to go along with a 40 percent three-point field goal percentage.

Following his sophomore campaign, Cosby transferred to Illinois and played his first and only season with the Illini in 2014-2015. He averaged 7.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. The shooting guard finished out his collegiate career at Western Kentucky and accumulated a stat line of 13.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game, while connecting on 37 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc and knocking down free throws at an 86 percent success rate.

Cosby was selected by the Erie Bayhawks in the 2016 NBA D-League Draft. He played a stint for the Bayhawks before signing with the Bristol Academy Flyers (BBL – the top-tier league in the United Kingdom) in December. Prior to Cosby’s arrival, the Flyers held a 1-10 record and were at the bottom of league standings. On December 2, Cosby stepped onto the court for Bristol and led them to a 15-9 record over the next 24 games. The Flyers found themselves in the playoffs for the first time in the club’s history. Cosby posted 17.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 31.2 minutes per game and shot 84 percent from the stripe during his tenure with Bristol.

“I decided to sign with InterperformancesUSA because I wanted to find an agency that I could see myself with for a very long time,” said Cosby. “I know several players that are already clients of InterperformancesUSA and they all speak highly of their experience. This is an agency that has a long list of successful players and I hope to add to that list in the future. My professional career is just beginning and I’m excited to continue with my new representation.”

“Aaron is the perfect example of a player who is smart on and off the court,” said IPZ’s Managing Partner Robert Zito. “He is a true leader; his winning mentality and skillset give him the ability to change the game. We, at IPZ, look forward to working with him and can’t wait to see what his future holds.”

View Aaron Cosby’s highlights from the 2016-2017 season here.

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com. 

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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Jack Elliott worthy of Rookie of Year consideration, Curtin says

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Philadelphia Union have never had a Rookie of the Year winner, though Jim Curtin thinks that could change very soon.

Philly’s coach declared as such after his side’s 3-0 loss at the New England Revolution last Saturday, one where first-year center back Jack Elliott was a bright spot on an otherwise dreary night.

“For me, I think he’s been the Rookie of the Year,” Curtin said of Elliott. “He’s played at that level and I thought he was excellent again tonight.”

When asked about his coach’s remarks, the 6-foot-5 Elliott responded true to character: Humble, soft spoken and driven.

“It’s nice to hear that kind of praise from the coach,” Elliott said. “It doesn’t really change anything; I’ve still got to perform every week. Nothing is decided. To be of that caliber you have to perform all the way through the season. That’s what I’m trying to do.”

Still, it’s hard not to reflect upon how the 21-year-old is of a different mold and backstory than Cyle Larin and Jordan Morris, MLS’s last two Rookie of the Year winners. The former is a star for Orlando City SC, while the latter just scored the game-winning goal in the Gold Cup final for the US national team.

Elliott, meanwhile, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft after playing at West Virginia University. He was, at best, a long shot for even making the roster, but now he’s started 17 consecutive games in the heart of the Union’s defense.

It’s a trajectory that few expected, and Elliott himself was quick to shy away from praise when asked about the key to his success.

“Just going through the same routine every week,” Elliott said. “Eating healthy, sleeping, all that kind of stuff that helps you perform. Then obviously going out every day and competing against our boys in training and at the weekend against other teams.”

Read the full story here: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/07/30/jack-elliott-worthy-rookie-year-consideration-curtin-says