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OPRO announce partnership with the International Basketball Foundation
OPRO, the world’s largest manufacturer of the most technically advanced mouthguard, today announced a new partnership 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 3x3 basketball tournaments incorporating youth leadership workshops.
Commenting on the partnership, OPRO Chief Executive Officer David Allen 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.
IBF President Sheikh Saud Ali Al-Thani is very glad to be partnering with OPRO, “good Health and Well Being 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.
Founded 20 years ago by dentist Dr Anthony Lovat, OPRO is the world’s most technically advanced mouthguard company and a leading pioneer in oral protection. Through the development and deployment of cutting-edge technology and the use of innovative design and production methods, OPRO has been at the forefront of protecting the safety of athletes at all levels, across a range of different sports, for more than two decades.
The family owned and run company is based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, and all products are designed and manufactured within the UK, and available worldwide through a network of retailers and distributors.
OPRO is the official mouthguard partner of a number of professional sporting organisations, including Great Britain Taekwondo, England Boxing, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Great Britain and England Hockey, USA Rugby, American Youth Football, England Rugby, New Zealand Rugby, Australia Rugby, 11 Gallagher Premiership Rugby teams and the German, French, Italian, Cameroonian and Northern Ireland Mixed Martial Arts Federations.
All OPRO mouthguards are legally CE certified and in 2007 the company was awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation in recognition of its ground-breaking work in the field of oral protection.