Prince Launches O3 Citron to Benefit VFW Foundation
Company Donates Portion of Net Sales to Aid Veterans, Soldiers and Their Families
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Contact: Zach Perles
One Advantage Court
08/31/06 - Bordentown, NJ – Ribbons in a bright shade of yellow can be seen in many towns across the United States – on trees, fences and in store windows. That color, used to symbolize the hope of a safe return of American military personnel, will now be seen on a tennis racquet.
Today, Prince is proud to launch the O3 Citron, a limited-edition racquet made in the same shade of yellow to benefit the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Foundation.
In honor of the November 11 Veterans Day holiday and the sacrifice men and women in the Armed Forces make for America, Prince will donate a portion of net sales from every O3 Citron to the VFW Foundation. That portion will go directly to military families in need through the VFW’s Unmet Needs Program and the National Veterans Service Program.
“We are proud of the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect the rights and freedoms of our country,” said Charlie Osborn, VP of Sales at Prince Sports. “By forming this partnership, we want to give back during a time when the Armed Forces need our support the most.”
Only 2,400 limited-edition O3 Citron racquets will be available for purchase at a suggested retail price of $249.99. The same innovation and technology created for the O3 Original Series is packed into the O3 Citron, creating a racquet that gives players a versatile blend of speed, power, control and maneuverability on the court. Beginning October 6, the racquets can be purchased at specialty tennis retail stores nationwide and through the VFW Foundation Web site, vfwfoundation.org.
“The O3 Citron is a symbol of the recreational freedoms that we are grateful to have,” said VFW Commander-in-Chief Gary Kurpius. “The VFW is proud to partner with Prince, a company that recognizes and supports our mission whole-heartedly. Hundreds of veterans, soldiers and their families will receive assistance for their basic needs – medical bills, living expenses, and child care – thanks to this generous donation by Prince.”
About O3 Citron
Head size: 110 sq in.
Weight: 9.5 oz. unstrung
Balance: 13.2 in.
Cross Section: 25-27-24 mm
String Pattern: 16 x 19
Power Level: 1300 (moderate to full strokes)
About Prince Sports
Prince Sports, Inc., based in New Jersey, is a recognized leader in game-improvement technologies and engineering-based high-performance sports equipment. Since 1970, Prince and Ektelon have revolutionized tennis, squash and racquetball with innovations including “Oversize,” “Longbody” and “Extender” racquet technologies, Natural Foot Shape footwear technology, Synthetic Gut String and Electronic Ball Machines. In 2005, Prince introduced O3, another breakthrough that features an expanded sweet spot (up to 54 percent) and increased racquet speed, a combination only possible with O3 technology. Prince Sports has operations on three continents and distribution in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.princetennis.com.
About VFW Foundation
The mission of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation is to support programs to increase awareness of the sacrifices of America’s veterans, to promote citizenship education, volunteerism and positive youth programs and to facilitate aid for veterans and their families in need of medical, rehabilitative, educational and employment services. The VFW Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) 3, is committed to improving the lives of veterans and military service personnel, their families and their communities. Recently, the VFW Foundation was named “Best in America” by the Independent Charities of America. For more information, please visit www.vfwfoundation.org. For more information on the Unmet Needs Program, please visit www.unmetneeds.com.