Local millennial-owned startup Pratt Guys, creator of custom hand-crafted pergolas and outdoor living spaces, today announced their new partnership with University of North Florida Athletics. Pratt Guys is supporting UNF’s men and women’s basketball teams through their new three-year sponsorship deal that includes new Pratt Guys-branded basketball hoops; the first time UNF has branded their hoops.
Pratt Guys is co-owned by brothers Adam, Derek and Jason Pratt. Jason Pratt received a full scholarship from local philanthropist David A. Stein’s Pathways to Success Scholarship program to attend UNF, and now serves as a UNF Alumni Association board member. Jason Pratt was inspired by Stein to “give back to the community like I have,” a commitment Pratt is honoring through his support of UNF.
“Pratt Guys saw this sponsorship as a great way to show our support for both UNF and UNF athletics,” said Jason Pratt. “I will be forever grateful for David Stein and UNF for giving me the opportunity to get a great education that helped me build a successful small business with my brothers here in Jacksonville.”
UNF kicked off their men’s and women’s basketball season in November. At each game, 4500-plus fans will see Pratt Guys-branded basketball hoops as part of their three-year sponsorship deal. View the men’s basketball schedule here and the women’s here. All UNF home basketball games are carried on ESPN3.
“It’s a cool and exciting thing to see so many different people realizing the quality of our athletics and all the exposure possibilities,” said UNF head men’s basketball coach Matthew Driscoll. “The Pratt Guys are another amazing example of a company that shares similar values with our program. They know and understand that service is greater than self, which makes them a no-brainer when it comes to their sponsorship or when people are thinking about outdoor cooking spaces.”
Pratt Guys has seen a 608 percent growth in revenue over the last four years, from $289,690 in sales in 2012 to $2,051,718 million in sales in 2015. Their rapid growth has allowed them to give back to the community in other ways as well, supporting local nonprofits like GRASP Alliance, Boy Scouts of America, North Florida, Katie Caples Foundation, American Cancer Society, Florida School for the Deaf and Blind and Renaissance Jax.