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Meet Porter Athletic

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Cinja Strickland, IPR Hawaii Project Manager (center) stands with Dan Powell, Porter Athletic National Sales Manager (left), and Jake Whittaker, Porter Athletic Director of Operations (right) at the Porter Athletic headquarters and manufacturing facility.

IPR Hawaii Project Manager, Cinja Strickland recently visited the Porter Athletics main office and showrooms to get to know our main supplier of indoor and outdoor sports equipment a little better.  She came back with new impressions of the company and some interesting facts about how they got started over a century ago.  Cinja had this to say about her visit:

“Everyone at the Porter Athletics headquarters reflected some of the high potential qualities you look for in a great athlete: smart, dynamic, and hip!  Their game is high-energy and they play it well.  I had a great time touring the facilities and learning more about the company we’re proud to partner with for our indoor and outdoor sports equipment needs.”

 Some Interesting Facts About The Porter Athletic Equipment Company

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Porter Athletic headquarters

The Porter Athletic Equipment company actually got it’s start in 1868 in Ottawa, Illinois as a manufacturer of pulleys, hardware, and hayloft equipment for barns.  The experience and technology they developed from manufacturing these early day products allowed they to easily carry-over into the arena of ceiling and wall suspended folding basketball backstops shortly before the turn of the century.  Their main client in those days were the YMCAs, Turners, and Sokols.  Since basketball’s evolution into a mainstream worldwide sport Porter Athletic has been attributed with some notable innovations such as:

  • Originator of the glass backboard
  • Originator of the “Fan-shaped” backboard
  • Originator of full perimeter striping on backboards

Porter Athletic basketball backstops continue to be utilized in local schools, park districts, and high-end sports facilities such as: The Olympic Games, The NBA All-Star Game, The NCAA Final four Tournament, and many more around the world.