Mad Ants partner with community organizations on new business forum

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Mad Ants Partner with Community Organizations on New Business Forum
Mad Ants announce partnership with The Alliance, The Chamber, and Visit Fort Wayne

(October 13, 2010) – The Fort Wayne Mad Ants announced today their partnership with local organizations The Alliance, The Chamber, and Visit Fort Wayne to promote the Mad Ants’ new Young Professionals Business Forum.

The Young Professionals Business Forum, a professional development group centered around a speaker series of prominent national and local leaders, will benefit from the vast network and marketing resources of these organizations, and the Mad Ants are honored to be able to co-brand their new program with these Fort Wayne leaders. “We are very excited and thankful to have The Alliance, The Chamber, and Visit Fort Wayne endorse our Young Professionals Business Forum. With their help, we hope to extend the reach of this dynamic program to area business people and increase awareness of this fantastic opportunity,” said Mad Ants president Jeff Potter.

“We are pleased to be partnered with this great community project and look forward to great things from the Young Professionals Business Forum!” said Dan O’Connell, the President/CEO of Visit Fort Wayne.

Logistically, the program, which starts on Tuesday, October 26, brings together members once a month for nine months to hear and meet speakers from fields like law, real estate, communications, and sports business. With the Mad Ants’ ties to the National Basketball Association, team majority owner and former AT&T Wireless Chairman and CEO John Zeglis, and other investors, the team has been able to pull from some of the top minds in the country to lead the series, exposing young professionals in Fort Wayne to a premier level of business knowledge and advice.

“This program is unique in its ability to give members access to a stellar lineup of our nation’s top company presidents, CEOs, and leaders,” said Potter. “In today’s market, all young professionals are looking for an edge, and this program provides that by making the very best in our nation’s business community accessible to those in Fort Wayne.”

The $300 membership, targeted towards men and women aged 40 and under, includes access to nine monthly sessions, including special admission to the Mad Ants’ preseason media day and open practice. It also features one lower level corner season ticket in the Young Professionals’ Ant Colony, section 219 in the Coliseum, for the 2010-11 Mad Ants basketball season and an invitation to the team’s chalk talk before every home game. The year will culminate in a community service project with the Mad Ants players and dancers.

Events during the team’s season will take place before home games at the Coliseum. Outside that time frame, events will be held throughout Fort Wayne in the conference rooms and meeting spaces of Mad Ants team partners.

Individuals, organizations, schools, and businesses can purchase memberships, which cost $300 each. Businesses can choose the company membership, which gives any employee of that company the ability to attend a Mad Ants Young Professionals Business Forum event. The Mad Ants season tickets included in the package can also be divided among multiple employees of the business to ensure that a company can fully make use of this great facet of the program. Flexible payment plans are available for all memberships.

Please contact Sarah Wladecki at 260-469-4467 x. 102 or for more information.

NBA Development League:
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2010-11 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Texas Legends. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, which tips off Friday, Nov. 19, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at


Related weblinks:
Official Mad Ants website
Mad Ants Young Professionals Business Forum

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