A major Tulsa-based energy infrastructure company announced this week that it’s getting into the indoor soccer business.
Representatives of the Tulsa Revolution announced in a press conference that Williams will be the presenting sponsor for the team’s inaugural season in the Professional Arena Soccer League.
The Williams brand will be featured on the team’s uniforms, in advertising and promotional material.
“We think this is going to be a great relationship, we’re excited about (the) inaugural season,” said Tim Coldwell, spokesperson for Williams at the announcement inside the now-named Cox Business Center downtown.
Coldwell said being a part of the team on a sponsorship level connects employees with indoor soccer.
He also added that it allows Williams to connect with the Revolution’s youth soccer programs.
“We are excited and honored to have a company the caliber of Williams eager to align themselves with our team,” said Revolution co-owner Adam Mellor. “Williams is a great supporter of the Tulsa community, and this relationship will prove mutually beneficial in meeting our goal of making an impact in the community.”
Neither the terms nor the sponsorship amount were discussed publicly by Revolution owners or Coldwell.
“The Revolution is the real deal and we’re here to stay,” said co-owner Shannon Clark. “We want to make soccer a staple in the Tulsa community.”
In January team owners announced that professional soccer would return to the area after a five-year hiatus and would join the 20-team PASL. The indoor soccer league has been around since 1998.
The 2013-14 season will begin in November.
The Revolution also introduced the team’s head coach, Michael Nsien, a Tulsa native who played collegiate soccer at the University of Dayton. Nsien has professional soccer experience with the Major League Soccer team L.A. Galaxy and the Portland Timbers in the United Soccer League. He recently served as a coach with the Tulsa Soccer Club Hurricane.
There will be an open tryout for Revolution players beginning July 13, at All-Star Sports Complex, 61st St. at Highway 169. Pre-registration is required and there is a registration fee of $50 for anyone interested in taking part in the tryout. Players can register on the team’s website; www.tulsarevolution.com. The deadline to register is July 12.
The Revolution’s cheer squad coach Stephanie Wycoff was also introduced at the press conference. The cheer squad will be known as the “Ladies of Liberty” and will hold an open tryout beginning July 19, in the Mabee Gym at the University of Tulsa. «