Online Social Media Platform Raises Its Game to Improve Young Athletes

Weplay partners with SKLZ to add content and training tools necessary for player development.

Oct 06, 2010, 19:52 ET from SKLZ

CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- SKLZ, the global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of sports training aids, and Weplay, the premier online youth sports community, today announced an e-commerce and content provider partnership.

The partnership further enhances the online experience at with integrated components dedicated to the off-field development of young athletes:

  • Over 100 SKLZ-created training videos added to the "Skills and Drills" library.
  • A SKLZ "Prop" icon for members to congratulate one another for on-the-field accomplishments.  Also attainable is a MAD SKLZ "Prop" which can be unlocked after completing a purchase on via the Weplay website.  
  • Regular contests highlighting SKLZ products featured throughout the Weplay community.
  • Discounted SKLZ products for Weplay members.
  • Direct engagement with the SKLZ brand via Member and Group pages.

"SKLZ's mission is to help athletes improve their games through the best training tools and content, and Weplay provides an ideal avenue for delivering them," said SKLZ vice president of marketing Greg Shoman.  "Weplay created a wonderful platform for individuals involved in youth sports to safely and effectively connect and share information.  We're thrilled to have a closer connection to its community members and provide them with the training equipment and information they need to excel in their given sports."

Russel Foltz-Smith, president of Weplay, added, "Our positive social atmosphere encourages communication among parents, coaches and players, provides education for maximizing athletic development, and promotes leadership skills and player confidence. These are all critical components of an athletes' growth and the partnership with SKLZ expands the educational and training areas of our site."

All Weplayers can experience the many benefits of the partnership right now at  For more information about SKLZ visit and for Weplay.

About SKLZ

SKLZ is the innovator in athletic training, and is the premier developer and marketer of athletic performance and skill development training products for serious athletes of all ages. The flagship brand of Pro Performance Sports, SKLZ delivers broad lines of training products across a variety of sports,including baseball, fastpitch, golf, football, basketball, soccer and more. SKLZ focuses on transforming innovative concepts into effective sports training products that help serious athletes of all ages reach their full potential. With international headquarters in San Diego, California, the company delivers durable, high-performance trainers that can be found internationally at major sporting goods retailers, specialty shops, and mass merchants, as well as on the SKLZ website at

About Weplay

Weplay is an online youth sports destination that unites kids, parents, coaches and professional athletes. The mission is to enable and enhance the joy of sports for kids, families, coaches and fans both online and on the field, by creating a community that is fun and safe, and allows users to connect, share, and learn. Using the latest multimedia technology, young athletes can create profiles, blogs and fan clubs, connect with friends, and play games.  Parents and coaches can also communicate directly with each other, and access practical information such as practice schedules and weather updates.  Weplay is fully customizable to the needs of each member and encourages children online to act and achieve offline.

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