– Futsal Matches To Be Played Before Select Drive Games –

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – OCT. 20, 2015 – The Grand Rapids Drive announced a partnership today with Grand Rapids ABK Futsal and Latican Sports, Michigan’s only professional futsal team. Futsal is Americas fastest growing indoor sport and is exceptionally popular in Spain, Mexico and South America.

“We view ABK Futsal and Latican Sports as an emerging sports property here in West Michigan and are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with them for the 2015-16 season,” said Wes Weir, Grand Rapids Drive Vice President.  “Furthermore, this is a major step in strengthening our relationship with the growing Hispanic community in town.”

Futsal is a modified version of soccer developed in South America that is played indoor on a court. Other modifications include the size of the field, the number of players, the size of the goal and the size and composition of the ball. Futsal showcases electrifying foot skills, fast paced accurate passing, dynamic player movements and team strategies similar to basketball.

Many of the worlds best soccer players, including current La Liga (Spain) superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, identify futsal as a key to their developmental success.

“We are happy to work with the Grand Rapids Drive as we gear up for our first professional season with ABK, our premiere futsal team.” Said Jaiver Olvera, Treasurer of Grand Rapids ABK. “We look forward to a great season and collaboration with a such a great professional group.”

The Drive and ABK will bring Grand Rapids four professional futsal games throughout the 2015-16 basketball season.” These are exciting times for the world of futsal in the US and we are exciting to work with the Drive to bring this electric sport to Grand Rapids” Said Joe Brefczynski, General Manager of ABK.

All four professional futsal games will be played on the Grand Rapids Drive home court before the Drive take the hardwood. ABK will play its games at 3pm on Wed. Nov. 25, Sat. Jan. 02, and Sat. Mar. 19 with the Drive game starting at 7pm. There will be a fourth (4th) futsal match starting at 12pm (noon) on Sun. Dec. 13 with the Drive game starting at 4pm. All futsal tickets sold will also grant access to the Grand Rapids Drive game.

“Adding the DeltaPlex one of Grand Rapids premier sports venues as home to both the Drive and ABK, our partnership will have the ability to give fans exposure to two great sports in one night”. Said Jose Fabian Rodriguez, Head Coach of ABK.

Tickets to both games start as low as $10.

For more information and to purchase tickets call Joe Brefczynski at 616-802-0401 or by emailing Joeb@latican.com.

For information on the Grand Rapids Drive 2015-16 season call 844-GR-DRIVE or email ticketinfo@nbagrandrapids.com.

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