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        Phenom Elite partners with the Arena Football League

        Phenom Elite partners with the Arena Football League


        For the Custom Design and Production of The New Uniforms, The League Partnered with Phenom Elite, An Up-And-Coming Manufacturer of High-quality Uniforms & Apparel 

        PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (April 8, 2019) - Today, the Arena Football League (AFL) officially unveiled new uniforms for their 2019 season during a press conference at the Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. For the custom design and production of the new uniforms, the AFL partnered with Phenom Elite, an up-and-coming manufacturer of high-quality uniforms and apparel. 

        During the event, new uniforms were presented for all of the teams in the league, including the Albany Empire, Atlantic City Blackjacks, Baltimore Brigade, Columbus Destroyers, Philadelphia Soul and the Washington Valor. Remarks were also provided by Randall Boe, AFL Commissioner, Nathan Dorton, CEO of Phenom Elite, Ted Leonsis, CEO of Monumental Sports and Ron Jaworski, Chairman of the AFL Executive Committee. 

        “Phenom elite has designed exciting uniforms for the AFL that fit perfectly with the league’s fast-paced, exciting, high-scoring games,” said AFL Commissioner, Randall Boe.

        Teams had the opportunity to design their respective uniforms in a distinctly unique manner, incorporating their own original concepts. To ensure long-lasting quality, the new uniform designs were all dyed directly onto the jerseys and pants to prevent cracks, peels or fading. 

        “Growing up, I was always a fan of the Arena Football League, so to have the opportunity to collaborate with them on this initiative is really special,” said Nathan Dorton, CEO of Phenom Elite. “We’re honored to be working with a professional organization of this caliber, and look forward to seeing the new uniforms in action during the upcoming season.”

        The unveiling of the new uniforms coincides with the AFL’s recent push to become the most innovative league in sports. With a strong emphasis on delivering a high-quality, action-packed entertainment experience for fans, the league continues to expand its reach and fan base. The AFL’s 32nd season officially kicks off April 26th and 27th.

        For more information, or to request an interview with a representative from the Arena Football League, please contact Devan West directly at dw@neffassociates.com or (610) 428-3166. Professional photography is also available upon request.


        The Arena Football League (AFL) enters its 32nd season in 2019. Since its inception in 1987, the AFL showcases a fast-paced, exciting game to a significant number of fans in a myriad of markets. With the addition of two new teams in Atlantic City, N.J., and Columbus, O.H., the League totals six teams, all of which will play 12 regular-season games in2019: Albany, Atlantic City, Columbus, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. The League can be found on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the handle @OfficialAFL.

        Columbia native’s vision now on players’ hands

        Columbia native’s vision now on players’ hands

        Original Article by: Cathy Cobb via The Columbia Star (khakico@gmail.com -- thecolumbiastar.com)

        Emmanuel Arceneaux, wide receiver for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL) believes in the Phenom Elite glove. He played college football at Alcorn State University.

        “These gloves are so sticky, they should be illegal” –former NFL All-Star Randy Moss. But they aren’t, and Columbia resident Nathan Dorton is the man who can take credit for that.

        Dorton, a former collegiate football player who is now in his fourth year as part of the coaching staff at Palmetto Prep Academy, envisioned a custom glove had the “stick- ability” that college and professional athletes desired.

        That is how Phenom Elite became a reality. Using just $65, he made a prototype glove that was more effective, as well as adhered to the standards dictated by high schools, NCAA schools, and the National Football League.

        About six months into the process, Dorton partnered with Josh Ortegon, a sports performance coach and friend, to take the product to market. The gloves have grown in popularity on all levels. Local schools like Blythewood, River Bluff, and Lexington use the gloves, and the gloves are also being worn by players with the University of Southern Miss, North Carolina Central University, Alcorn State, and Elmhurst College.

        Right now there is a 10-glove minimum for custom orders, and a limited number of gloves are available through T&T Sports and other retailers, but Dorton is working to develop a higher profile for the gloves and related gear.

        “We have dreams to grow the company and possibly be bought out by a big company like Nike, Adidas, or Under Armour,” Dorton said.

        The growth has also reached the professional levels. Jalen Reeves-Maybin, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions out of Tennessee, and fellow teammate Brandon Copeland, wear the gloves. Canadian Football League’s Emmanuel Arceneaux is also a believer. And the aforementioned Moss has now endorsed the product and is partnering to take it to retail stores nationwide.

        “Phenom Elite is honestly the best uniform company I’ve worked with,” said Adam Barnhardt Former GM of the Bemidji Axemen, an Indoor Football League. “They provide uniforms that rival the likes of Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour, but you get everything completely custom from the ground up. The customer service is outstanding,”

        Meanwhile, Dorton continues to work as an offensive coach and recruiter with his father, Wes Dorton, who has been coaching Palmetto Prep since its inception in 2011. The team in 2017 reached an important milestone when one of its former players, Jac’Que Polite, was drafted by the Buffalo Bills.

        For more information about Phenom Elite, visit phenomelite.com

        Follow Nathan Dorton -- Twitter: @natedorton | Instagram: @natedorton