Hercules Tires announces sports partnership with Van Wagner

Hercules Tires and Van Wagner announced an exclusive multi-year partnership spanning eight NCAA conferences and 32 colleges and universities.

Throughout the month of March, Hercules Tires will receive dominant exposure as the title sponsor of an unprecedented six Division I Basketball Championships, including the America East Conference, Big South Conference, Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Southland Conference, and Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Additionally, Hercules will be Official Tire sponsor of the West Coast Conference and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, all leading up to the NCAA tournament.

“We’re excited to enter into an official partnership with Van Wagner and to put our brand on this truly national platform” said Senior Vice President of Hercules Tires Joshua Simpson. “This partnership gives us the opportunity to introduce Hercules Tire at a grassroots level to millions of fans through media and on-site exposure. We will have the opportunity to create an authentic relationship and be top of mind when it’s time to make a tire purchase.”

“Although Hercules Tires has been around since 1952 we are continuously working to grow brand awareness with our target audience, and felt this partnership was great way to support our initiatives,” said Hercules Director of Marketing Nakia Medlin. “Not only do we get to engage with passionate college basketball fans during championship season, this unique partnership allows us to integrate our brand and engage with these colleges and universities throughout the year in multiple sports. This engagement will allow us to build a connection with not just the student fan base on campus, but also alumni, faculty and the local community as well.

Mike Palisi, Executive Vice President of Van Wagner said: “This is a first for our industry, and we’re incredibly proud to have found the ideal partner in Hercules Tires; a company whose core values and principles are aligned with what we strive for in college athletics: honesty, respect, leadership, and performance.”

As the exclusive partner, Hercules Tires will also receive an integrated year-round marketing presence across all of Van Wagner’s 38 college and university partners including title sponsorship of the 2020 Big South Conference Basketball and “Back to School” campus tours activating at all Big South member institutions.

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