Paul To Serve As USBC Spokesperson

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: December 9, 2007

NEW ORLEANS — Hornets point guard Chris Paul, one of the rising stars in the National Basketball Association, has reached a three-year agreement to serve as an official spokesperson for the United States Bowling Congress.

The 21-year-old Winston-Salem, N.C., native has quickly become one of the most talked about young stars in the NBA after winning the 2005-06 Rookie of the Year Award and helping lead the U.S. Men’s National Basketball Team to a bronze medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championships last summer.

When not thrilling fans in NBA arenas, Paul can be found crafting his skills in another sport he is passionate about — bowling.

Paul serves as an ideal role model through his numerous charitable contributions and uses bowling as the cornerstone of his foundation’s (The CP3 Foundation) flagship philanthropic event, the “Chris Paul Winston-Salem Weekend.”

Last September, Paul gathered some of the NBA’s top names to help raise money during a three-day charity event headlined by the Celebrity Bowling Tournament featuring LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard among others.

For Paul’s efforts, he was named the NBA’s Community Assist Award winner for September 2006. This event served as the start of the relationship between Paul and the USBC.

“I am very passionate about the sport of bowling and am thrilled to partner with the United States Bowling Congress,” said Paul, a two-time All-American at Wake Forest University. “I am looking forward to working on a variety of projects to help broaden the visibility and participation of bowling.”

Paul’s affection for bowling was recently depicted in a fashion pictorial in the March 2007 issue of Men’s Health magazine. He was featured inside a bowling center, reflecting the personal appreciation and respect he has for bowling as a sport.

Paul was also profiled in an “AT&T Home Turf” advertising webisode with NFL legend Deion Sanders in which the duo squared off in a spirited game at the local lanes.

“Chris Paul is an incredible athlete who has great respect for the sport of bowling,” said Tom Clark, USBC Chief Officer of Marketing and Communications. “We are proud to partner with him and look forward to watching him help our sport grow while his career continues to skyrocket.”

Paul, represented by Octagon, will promote USBC, its programs and the sport of bowling in various television, radio and newspaper interviews as well as appear in advertising and promotional campaigns. His other marketing partnerships include Brand Jordan, Toyota, AT&T and Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

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