The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) made two changes to its Board of Directors with the appointments of Troy M. Freeman of Winmark Corporation/Play It Again Sports and John Scipio of SV Sports.
Their three-year terms took effect on June 1.
“Troy and John bring tremendous experience and insight from the sporting goods industry to the NSGA Board,” said Matt Carlson, NSGA president and CEO. “Their passion, enthusiasm and desire to help the Association navigate the challenges ahead for our members and everyone in the industry make them great additions.”
- Freeman has been Director of Operations with Play It Again Sports since 2018 and has held operations manager and senior operations manager positions since joining the company in 2004. He has played an integral role in supporting Winmark’s the Resale Company and franchisees in offering new and used sporting goods in local communities. He has also developed category strategy with buyers, established operational protocols and obtained feedback from franchisees to help Play It Again Sports lead in the used sporting goods retail space with more than 272 stores and several in development.
- Scipio is the CEO of SV Sports (formerly Schuylkill Valley Sports), a regional full-line sporting goods and team dealer based in Pennsylvania. When Scipio and his partners acquired SV Sports in August 2021, it made the company the largest African American-owned and led sporting goods retailer and team dealer in North America. He is providing the strategic vision and overseeing the organizational restructuring of SV Sports. Scipio has worked in leadership roles during his 25-year career in the sporting goods industry in sales and marketing functions for Nike and the AND1 brand.
Freeman and Scipio replace Jerry Williams, SV Sports, and David Lynn, Dunham’s Sports, Troy, MI, on the NSGA Board. Williams and Lynn’s terms expired at the end of May 2022.
“We appreciate the dedication and service to NSGA from Jerry and David to help the Association and the sporting goods industry,” Carlson said. “We are glad to have SV Sports continue to be represented on the Board and look forward to continuing to work with the Dunham’s Sports family.”