Ben Whitford from Marmion Academy Named January GTM Sportswear® Athlete of the Month

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Ben Whitford from Marmion Academy, Aurora, IL. is recognized by the National High School Coaches Association and GTM Sportswear® for strong December performance as the GTM Sportswear® Athlete of the Month.

GTM Sportswear® is honored to be partnering with the NHSCA in recognizing outstanding student athletes such as Ben. He has really shown his commitment and dedication to his sport and is a great example for the youth in our communities

GTM Sportswear® and the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) are pleased to announce Ben Whitford as the GTM Sportswear® Athlete of the Month for January 2011. Whitford will be recognized at a press conference at Marmion Academy, Aurora, IL on March 3, 2011 at 7:35 am. He will receive an award, GTM® merchandise and be featured in various GTM Sportswear® marketing materials.

Whitford has been the ringleader of Marmion’s rise to national wrestling prominence this season. He led the Cadets to a fourth-place finish in the Asics Walsh Ironman Invitational at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, winning the 130-pound title with two first-period pins, decisions of 11-5, 11-6 and 11-5 and a 3-1 finals decision over Brandon Jeske of Virginia Beach (Va.) Frank W. Cox High in the championship match. At the Al Dvorak Memorial Invitational two weeks later at Machesney Park Harlem High, Whitford, the defending AA state champion, won his 60th consecutive match to start his career, scoring five takedowns in a 12-5 finals victory over defending AAA champion Joe Gosinski of Carol Stream Glenbard North High, ending Gosinski’s 71-match winning streak over two seasons.

“The National High School Coaches Association is proud to recognize Ben for his outstanding performances, not only on the field, but in the school and community as well,” said Bobby Ferraro, Jr., Executive Director of the National High School Coaches Association. “It’s truly an honor to recognize someone of this stature.”

"GTM Sportswear® is honored to be partnering with the NHSCA in recognizing outstanding student athletes such as Ben. He has really shown his commitment and dedication to his sport and is a great example for the youth in our communities," said Nikki Miller, Vice President of Marketing for GTM Sportswear®. "We are very proud of Ben and his outstanding achievements."

The NHSCA and GTM Sportswear® will honor one deserving high school athlete each month through April 2011. NHSCA Coaches can nominate commendable athletes through the NHSCA website. Each month six finalists will be selected by the NHSCA and presented via ballot to a group of high school sports writers, high school coaches, NHSCA and GTM® representatives to choose the winner. Out of the eight recipients of the monthly award, one athlete will be chosen as the GTM Sportswear® Athlete of the Year in May 2011.

About the NHSCA:
Founded in 1989, the National High School Coaches Association is a not-for-profit 501c3 service organization providing support and leadership programs for the nation’s 500,000 high school coaches and 10 million high school athletes. For more information on the National High School Coaches Association visit http://www.nhsca.com.

About GTM Sportswear®:
GTM Sportswear® is a national sportswear company specializing in team uniforms, warm-ups and practice apparel with custom embellishment. The business began in 1989 with two friends selling college apparel to students under the name It’s Greek to Me, Inc. The company quickly grew by branching out into high school team and booster apparel and changed its name to GTM Sportswear®. GTM® headquarters is located in Manhattan, Kansas where a 160,000 square foot facility holds over 700 employees. For more information visit http://www.gtmsportswear.com.

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