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Santa Cruz Warriors Introduce Plantronics as Founding Sponsor

November 15, 2012 - NBA G League (G League) - Santa Cruz Warriors News Release

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - The Santa Cruz Warriors are proud to introduce audio communications company Plantronics as a founding sponsor of the team for its inaugural season and a partner in the fight against hunger.

"Plantronics has provided us the opportunity to make an impact regarding the quality of life in Santa Cruz County through their efforts to support Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County and Grind Out Hunger," said Jim Weyermann, president of the Santa Cruz Warriors. "Through their outstanding local leadership, we will be able to leverage many of our team's assets to increase the food donation programs throughout our season. Our goal is to raise an additional 80,000 meals to help support the growing need for food services during these tough economic times."

Plantronics has long been committed to Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County, and extending that relationship to include the Warriors is a natural fit. Through its generosity, Plantronics has made possible the Santa Cruz Warriors' partnership with local nonprofit Grind Out Hunger, which will help provide access to meals for children and families in need.

Plantronics, Second Harvest Food Bank, Grind Out Hunger and the Santa Cruz Warriors will work together to collect food throughout the basketball season, helping to ensure that Warriors fans are aware of the pressing need in our area. Thanks to Plantronics, Grind Out Hunger will have its own special section at every Santa Cruz Warriors home game, further incorporating local youth in raising food and affecting change in the community.

"We are committed to helping the Santa Cruz Warriors become an important part of the Santa Cruz community and achieve their goal to provide food services to those in need," said Pat Wadors, senior vice president of Human Resources at Plantronics. "Our long history with Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County and our relationship with Grind Out Hunger makes this a natural fit to bring our resources together with the local community to help those in need of assistance."

Plantronics is a global leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers. The company has pioneered new trends in audio technology for 50 years, creating innovative products including the lightweight headset, the mobile headset, noise-canceling technology and the personal speakerphone. Plantronics is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California with offices in 20 countries, including major facilities in China, England, Mexico, and the Netherlands. Visit www.plantronics.com to learn more.

Santa Cruz Skate and Surf Shop founded Grind Out Hunger with the goal of inspiring local kids to help kids overcome hunger. Grind Out Hunger is dedicated to empowering youth, by utilizing the passion of skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding and music, to take leadership in the fight against childhood hunger and malnutrition. Visit http://grindouthunger.org to learn more.

The Santa Cruz Warriors are currently raising food to help benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank Holiday Food Drive. To join the cause and become a Hunger Warrior, head to www.stayclassy.org/santacruzwarriors or drop off a can of non-perishable food at the donation bin at Santa Cruz Warriors Headquarters at 903 Pacific Avenue.

The Santa Cruz Warriors are the NBA Development League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors. The team is set to tip-off its inaugural season at the Kaiser Permanente Arena at 140 Front Street on December 23. Season tickets and mini-plans are currently on sale at www.santacruzbasketball.com or Santa Cruz Warriors Headquarters.

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