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Southern Utah University Athletics Announces Partnership with Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment

Jul 30th 2019

NEW YORK (July 30, 2019) - Southern Utah University Athletics announced a multi-year partnership with Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment granting the agency exclusive rights to negotiate corporate sponsorships, media sales and more on the Thunderbirds’ behalf.

Van Wagner will represent SUU’s 17-sport Division I program to find opportunities that will increase exposure of the athletics department and its more than 350 student-athletes.

"As an administration we are always looking for ways to raise the profile of the department, and partnering with Van Wagner provides one of the best opportunities we have to do just that," Southern Utah University Athletic Director Debbie Corum said. "We are ecstatic to see what will be accomplished through this partnership, and how much the Southern Utah Athletics brand grows as we continue to work together. I'd like to thank Mike Palisi for the opportunity to be aligned with a great group of universities, and I am thrilled that the Thunderbirds are officially part of the Van Wagner family."

In addition to, managing the program’s broadcast and digital media assets, Van Wagner will execute corporate partnerships for properties including in-venue signage, on- and off-campus promotions, rights to athletic marks and gameday hospitality packages.

Led by Debbie Corum, the state of Utah’s first female Division I director of athletics, the Thunderbirds compete in the Big Sky Conference and the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference.

“Van Wagner is very excited to announce our newest partnership with Southern Utah University Athletics, a program that is clearly on the rise,” said Van Wagner Executive Vice President Mike Palisi. “We always look to partner with great institutions with great leaders and we are thrilled to be working with Athletic Director Debbie Corum and her team to capitalize on the institution’s growth and enhance the profile of Thunderbird Athletics.”

Since 2014, Van Wagner has become a leader in college sports marketing and was developed to represent the sponsorship or multimedia rights for multiple schools and athletic conferences, including the America East Conference, Big South Conference, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Colonial Athletic Association, Western Athletic Conference, and the West Coast Conference, as well as Arizona State National Sales, Canisius College, East Tennessee State University, Furman University, Florida International University, Georgia State University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Longwood University, Loyola University Maryland, Loyola Marymount University, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Niagara University, Pepperdine University, Samford University, University of San Francisco, Rider University, Siena College, Saint Joseph’s University, Saint Peter’s University, Santa Clara University, Southland Conference, Stony Brook University, The University of Texas at El Paso, Towson University, Valparaiso University and The College of William & Mary.

Located in the world’s best backyard, Southern Utah University and its Athletic Department are nestled in the heart of Cedar City, Utah. As proud members of the Big Sky Conference, the Thunderbirds have claimed seven team titles since joining the league in 2012, and a number of individual titles as well. The T-Bird football program claimed Big Sky Championships in both 2015 and 2017, and boasts one of the best home field advantages in the FCS. Along with conference success, the T-Birds also have plenty of experience on the national stage including Bowerman Award winner Cam Levins’ two NCAA National Championship titles on the Outdoor Track & Field circuit in 2012. The Thunderbird gymnastics program is the lone program that doesn’t compete in the Big Sky, as they reside in the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference. Southern Utah is one of six Division I athletic departments in the state of Utah. SUU has been deemed the ‘University of the Parks’ thanks to its close proximity to several outdoor recreational areas and its educational partnership with the National Parks Service.

Media Contacts:

Van Wagner: Mike Palisi – mpalisi@vanwagner.com or (212) 699-8627 SUU: Bryson Lester – brysonlester@suu.edu or (801) 860-8653