Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated Play Teams with NCSA to Offer Tech-Enabled Recruiting Education, Tools and Services to Millions of Student Athletes Nationwide

New Partnership Joins Industry-Leading Youth Sports Organizations

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sports Illustrated Play (SI Play)—an industry leader in youth sports
technology platforms and services—has partnered with Next College
Student Athlete (NCSA)—one of the world’s largest and most successful
collegiate athletic recruiting networks—to make recruiting more
accessible to the millions of athletes and their families using the SI
Play platform.

The new partnership will allow SI Play, a unit of Time Inc. (NYSE:
TIME), to provide high school student athletes with
technology-enabled services that will help them discover opportunities
to play sports in college. Starting today, high-school-aged student
athletes using SI Play can create a free NCSA recruiting profile during
registration, through which their highlight videos, key statistics and
academic information can be viewed online by the more than 41,000
college coaches across 31 sports in the NCSA network.

“As a company built for players and their families, we wanted to assist
the many young athletes who have an enthusiasm to play sports at the
collegiate level,” said Jeff Karp, SI Play CEO. “After a lengthy search
we determined that NCSA provides the best solutions to help and support
our users who wish to explore these opportunities. We understand and
appreciate how important a decision this is and are confident that NCSA
will be a great resource for players and families.”

Student athletes and their parents will benefit from access to NCSA’s
extensive library of recruiting education and content on the SI Play
platform and in the SI Play mobile app. SI Play and NCSA will
collaborate to cater to the needs of the users of both platforms and
services, including bringing new and innovative tools to leagues, teams
and coaches on desktop and in-app.

“We look forward to working with SI Play to reach even more student
athletes than we already do and to help them on their path to college,”
said Lisa Strasman, NCSA President.

This is the latest addition to SI Play’s state-of-the-art digital,
mobile and social ecosystem as it remains at the forefront of the
movement to bring cutting-edge technology into youth sports. Since
launching in 2015, SI Play has gained tremendous momentum and now
supports more than 10 million active users each month across a wide
range of sports, regions and age ranges. This new alliance leverages
NCSA’s 16 years of experience as the world’s largest and most successful
collegiate athletic recruiting network to educate student athletes and
their families about the recruiting process and connect them with
opportunities to play sports in college.


SI Play brings together industry leaders in sports software around a
simple yet ambitious goal: to connect the world of youth sports. Since
its launch in July 2015 as part of Time Inc., SI Play now supports more
than 10 million active users each month across a wide range of sports,
regions and age ranges through its digital products and services, and is
the official technology provider for nine youth sports national
governing bodies. The company provides the platform and tools to fuel
the passion for sports and ensure a rewarding experience for all
participants. For more information, please visit www.siplay.com.


NCSA is the world’s largest and most successful collegiate athletic
recruiting network. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Reigning Champs (www.reigningchamps.com),
NCSA’s team of more than 550 former collegiate and professional athletes
leverages 16 years of exclusive data, proprietary matching algorithms
and personal relationships to connect tens of thousands of college-bound
student athletes to more than 41,000 college coaches nationwide across
31 sports every year. You can learn more about NCSA at www.ncsasports.org.


SI Play
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