John Wooden Global Leadership Honoree
Kevin A. Plank founded Under Armour in 1996 while serving as special teams captain of the University of Maryland football team. Tired of repeatedly changing the cotton T-shirt under his jersey as it became wet and heavy during a game, he set out to develop a next-generation shirt that would remain drier and lighter. He created the high-performance answer to the sweat-drenched cotton dilemma, and built Under Armour into a leading innovative performance apparel, footwear, and equipment company — outfitting athletes around the world. Plank is the chief executive officer and chairman of the board.
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