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Albany Empire Lands "Official Mouthguard" Provider

December 20, 2018 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Albany Empire News Release

ALBANY - The Albany Empire today announce their partnership with OPRO International, who will become the Official Mouthguard provider of the Empire. As the Official Mouthguard of the Albany Empire, OPRO will provide a custom-fit orange and blue mouthguard with the Empire logo visible on the front.

"Player health and safety is always a priority for us and with the solid reputation OPRO has in the sports industry and as official mouthguard provider in a multitude of other leagues and teams, we couldn't be happier with this new-found partnership," said George Manias, Chief Operating Officer of the Albany Empire. "Another goal of this partnership is to have Empire branded mouthguards available at retail for youth teams across the Capital Region, helping us to spread our message of safety and Empire football throughout our community."

Based out of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, OPRO has grown to become the most innovative and progressive mouthguard company in the world. The premise behind the mouthguard stems from OPRO founder Dr. Anthony Lovat, a former dentist, who believes that whether it's ball, stick or a combat sport, everyone should have the best possible protection for their teeth and gums. As a start-up business, OPRO caught its big break when former England Rugby player, Roger Uttley, invited Lovat to speak at an independent schools' PE conference to an audience of around 20 teachers.

"We are truly excited to partner with Albany Empire and to be able to provide players with the very best protection for their teeth," said David Allen, Chief Executive Officer of OPRO. "As always, we will bring innovation, protection and comfort of the highest levels to all players through our mouthguards, so that they can concentrate on putting in a great performance on the field. We look forward to the exciting times ahead."

In 2007, OPRO received the Queen's Award for Innovation to recognize the success and development that the company had made in the mouthguard industry. Today, OPRO supplies over 1,000 schools and clubs with Custom-Fit mouthguards nationwide. OPRO provide mouthguards to a variety of teams and organizations around the world, across a variety of sports including football, rugby, boxing, hockey, MMA and more.

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