One of the most recognizable names in sporting goods is Wilson. The company was founded in 1913 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The company features more than 1,600 employees that help to design, produce and market footwear, sporting goods and accessories. In 2010, the company reported a net income of greater than $600 million. Among the sports the company produces items for basketball, badminton, baseball, soccer, tennis, golf, softball and volleyball.
By the time Cast Away starring Tom Hanks was released, Wilson was already a popular brand in sporting goods. Despite that, Hanks best friend in the movie, a Wilson volleyball, became a pop icon and the company soon began marketing volleyballs with Wilson's "face."
Wilson is the official provider of balls for the National Football League, AVP volleyball tour, NCAA basketball, NCAA soccer and the National Basketball Association. The company once made jerseys for more than a dozen NFL teams. Like many other sporting goods manufacturers, the company has sponsored many athletes from different sports to use their products and display the Wilson logo. Among the most notable are Major League Baseball stars Jose Bautista, Melky Cabrera, Paul Konerko, Ivan Rodriguez, Hanley Ramirez, David Wright and Elvis Andrus.
Wilson is also one of the most popular providers of tennis rackets for professional stars and amateurs. Among the world class tennis players in the world that use Wilson rackets are Victoria Azarenka, Serena and Venus Williams. Legendary tennis players Pete Sampras, Steffi Graf and Chris Evert also used Wilson rackets during their playing career. Wilson is the supplier of the official ball for many tennis tour events including the U.S. Open Championship.
Whether you are looking for a fielding glove for baseball or softball, golf clubs for your next round of 18 holes or a tennis racket to help you step up your game, Wilson Sporting Goods has been a trusted source for 100 years and is one that you can rely on for the best quality products.