WAKA Kickball Listed on 2010 Inc. 5000 as one of the Fastest Growing Private U.S. Companies; Set to Begin Offering Franchises

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World's largest co-ed kickball organization to begin awarding franchises in 2011

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David Lowry, Co-Founder said, “It is a distinct honor to be recognized on this list. Everyone on the WAKA team works hard to drive this company forward and provide players with the best kickball experience.

WAKA®, the World Adult Kickball Association (aka kickball.com), has been ranked by Inc. magazine on its annual Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs.

“The leaders of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression,” said Inc. president Bob LaPointe. “The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs.”

WAKA is the world’s premier and largest co-ed kickball organization with thousands of teams nationwide as well as divisions overseas. For the past twelve years the company has legitimized the sport by establishing the official rules of kickball and serves as the governing body of kickball. Headquartered in the Washington D.C. area, WAKA is one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing private companies in America, and is recognized widely in the press as the nation’s premier kickball organization.

David Lowry, Co-Founder said, “It is a distinct honor to be recognized on this list. Everyone on the WAKA team works hard to drive this company forward and provide players with the best kickball experience. This external validation of those efforts is a great feeling.”

In addition to being listed on the Inc. 5000, WAKA is set to finalize its franchise program and start awarding franchises at year's end. WAKA is looking to share its dozen-year success with hundreds of others by offering one of the most exciting, low price, high “fun” franchises in the marketplace. WAKA's franchise owners will be a part of a new lifestyle business as they enjoy leaving their home office to get to the local kickball field rather than working in a cubicle. Those interested in obtaining more information on WAKA franchising, may visit kickball.com/franchise or call 877-775-4252.

The Inc. 5000 recognition and the announcement of pending franchise opportunities all comes just before WAKA's World Kickball Championship® weekend. WAKA's 13th annual championship (known as the Founders Cup®), brings together some 60 teams from across the country to determine the world's best kickball team. A new addition to the weekend this year is The Kickball Games event, in which dozens of kickball teams will enjoy playing one another for fun and to win various superlative categories such as "Life of the Party" and "Best Costume." The Founders Cup and The Kickball Games will be held in Las Vegas on October 9, 2010. Future WAKA tournaments in 2011, 2012, and 2013 will also be held in Las Vegas during Columbus Day Weekend.

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