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Support Your Favorite Schools’ Athletic Departments While Giving a Great Holiday Gift

LOUISVILLE, KY (November 2013) -If you’re looking for a special gift for that UK or U of L fan in your life this holiday season, here’s an idea that’s sure to be a home run: commemorative UK and U of L National Championship bats from one of Kentucky’s most storied companies, Louisville Slugger, the Official and #1 Bat in Major League Baseball®.

The University of Kentucky and University of Louisville men’s basketball teams have both represented the Commonwealth very well over the last two years, with UK winning the 2012 National Championship and U of L the 2013 National Title. Louisville Slugger has worked with the licensing arms of both schools’ athletic departments to create special bats to commemorate these historic moments in UK and U of L history, a limited-edition Wildcat blue bat with the official 2012 National Champions logo and a Cardinal red and black bat with the official 2013 National Champions logo. The blue UK bat also has the 67-59 final score of the championship game win over Kansas, the scores of all of UK’s games during the team’s historic run and the years of Kentucky’s eight National Championships: 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998 and 2012. The red and black U of L National Champions bat can be personalized to add a name or message for any U of L fan. It has the scores of all of Louisville’s games during the 2013 tournament and a replica of the 2013 National Champions banner.

“These special Louisville Slugger bats make great gifts for those Wildcat and Cardinal fans that seem to have everything,” said the company’s Director of Specialty Bat Sales, Packy Page. “The Wildcat bat is a limited edition of 1,000 bats, and the Cardinal bat can be personalized with a name or message. They are beautiful bats that any fan will cherish and want to display for all their friends to see.”

The Kentucky 2012 National Champions limited-edition bat sells for $80. The Louisville 2013 National Champions personalized bat is $99.99. Both bats are available at www.sluggergifts.com. Order should be placed no later than December 13 to assure Christmas delivery. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these special Louisville Slugger Wildcat and Cardinal National Championship bats supports the respective athletic departments at each school.

In addition to these bats, a limited edition of 2,013 commemorative Louisville Cardinal National Champion bats was created in April and sold out in less than four days after U of L won its third national title. A portion of proceeds from those bats also supported U of L Athletics.

About Louisville Slugger
Louisville Slugger® is synonymous with baseball and softball. It is the leading brand in diamond sports. The company makes the #1 Bat in Major League Baseball, bats that are swung by the best of the best – Derek Jeter, Josh Hamilton, Joey Votto, Curtis Granderson and David Wright, among hundreds of other current MLB stars. They've all joined in Louisville Slugger's storied history to become part of a "Slugger Guy" fraternity that includes the greatest hitters to ever step up to the plate – Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, George Brett, Tony Gwynn and Ken Griffey Jr., to name just a few. Louisville Slugger also makes industry-leading equipment for youth, high school and college players. It sponsors top-level NCAA Division 1 baseball programs, including the 2012 National Champion Arizona Wildcats.

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