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5 Helmet Manufacturers that Offer Skate Sponsorships
Are you a skater or skate event planner in search of a helmet sponsor? If so, you are in luck. I know of five helmet manufacturers that entertain sponsorship requests from skaters. Here are the details:
1. Bell Sports
Bell Sports accepts sponsorship requests from skaters and skate event planners from October 1st through December 31st. I should mention, however, that it only accepts requests a year in advance. That means that any sponsorship requests submitted during 2012 will need to be for skate events that are scheduled to take place in 2013. The company's policy is not uncommon and is why I can't stress enough the need for submitting requests as far in advance as possible. Part of the reason behind such policies is that many companies typically plan their marketing budgets a year or more in advance. When you send your request in for individual sponsorship, you will need to include a resume and sponsor me video along with your proposal. You'll also need to send the items by way of regular mail. Proposals sent by other means will most likely be declined.
2. Nutcase Helmets
Nutcase Helmets is based in Portland, Oregon, and they are accepting sponsorship packets online up until February 23rd, 2012. You may choose to apply through the company's HookIt webpage or via e-mail if you are from Australia.
Pro-Tec manufactures safety equipment and is based in Cypress, California. The company offers an insider program that gives you advance notice of product releases and special events. Applications for the insider program are being accepted through September 24th, 2012. Applying for the insider program is a good way to build a relationship with the company before making a sponsorship request.
4. TSG Worldwide Distribution
TSG Worldwide Distribution manufactures skate helmets and has corporate offices in Santa Barbara, California. Skaters seeking sponsorship for themselves or a skate event should contact the TSG distributor in their area. For those in America, you'll need to mail in a sponsor me video to its Santa Barbara, distributor (Skateone). One word of caution here, the company is very specific about what they are looking for in a sponsored skater and will most likely not respond to people that send them junk. In order to secure a sponsorship with the company you must have more than just skating skills. I encourage you to closely read what they are looking for before attempting to apply. The company lists contact information for all its distribution centers on its website. You can also request sticker packs without requesting sponsorship. To request sticker packs you'll need to fill out a separate online form and include information about yourself as well as what TSG products you use.
5. Rudy Project
The Rudy Project manufactures both skateboard helmets and sun glasses. It also produces products for cyclists and in-line skaters. The company accepts online sponsorship requests from skaters and skate event planners. There is an in-depth form that must be filled out if you are requesting skate event sponsorship. You will need to be prepared to detail what tangible benefits the company will receive by sponsoring your event. Some of the details you will need to provide include the size of your database and the frequency of e-mail blasts. Due to the high volume of requests the company receives I would suggest that event planners only contact them regarding large skate events with a quantifiable tract record.
My children are skaters and I have a history of following the sport. In addition, I have a marketing degree and experience in securing sponsorships and event planning.
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