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July 14, 2009 14:20 ET

MLB All-Star Starter Ryan Braun Launches SAM BAT RB8

Good Sports gets in on the action to benefit the '10,000 swings' initiative

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2009) -

Note to Editors: 4 photos and a video for this release are available on Marketwire's website.

Ryan Braun, MLB All-Star Starter for the National team and SAM BAT - The Original Maple Bat Corporation (www.sambat.com) are pleased to announce the launch of the "RB8," a new SAM BAT professional-quality maple baseball bat model.

The bat, available online and in retail stores, was designed by Braun and features his new RB8 logo, a combination of Braun's initials and the number 8, the number he wears for the Milwaukee Brewers. The launch of the bat is also supported by the Get Real campaign (www.getrealbraun.com) which highlights the importance of using a real wood bat early-on for youth who are serious about the game of baseball.

Braun has been using SAM BAT bats throughout his professional career. SAM BAT was the first to use maple wood to create a major league sanctioned bat in 1997. Now, over 60% of all Major League players use maple bats. The design of the new RB8 provides the right balance for comfort and power. The launch of the RB8 is an extension of Braun's association with the quality products that SAM BAT provides and his affinity for designing products that he uses and loves.

The launch of the RB8 bat also provides Braun and SAM BAT with an outlet to help give back to the community. SAM BAT's Founder, Sam Holman, and President, Arlene Anderson are pleased to announce their support of the Good Sports organization (www.GoodSports.org), a non-profit organization that strives to increase the physical activity of disadvantaged youth helping to lay the foundation for healthy active lifestyles. Good Sports has launched "10,000 Swings" - an initiative to help reenergize youth baseball by putting 10,000 brand new baseball bats into the hands of disadvantaged youth who need it most. Sam Bat and Braun are leading off this initiative as founding partners.

"I am thrilled to launch this product, the RB8 bat, and in turn help children all across the country. Playing sports has helped me my entire life and every child should have the opportunity to play the sport they love," says Braun.

SAM BAT has committed to support this program throughout the remainder of the 2009 baseball season by donating an additional 10 bats for every home run Ryan Braun hits.

"Baseball is the great American game and we want to give back and to help those who are helping kids play the game," says Sam Holman.

About Ryan Braun - Ryan Braun is the Left Fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team and a starter for the MLB All-Star National team. This is his second appearance in the MLB All-Star Game. Braun is represented by CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency.

About SAM BAT - The Original Maple Bat Corporation. Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, founder, Sam Holman, was the first to use maple to create a major league sanctioned bat in 1997. Our wood bats are treated with care and undergo heavy scrutiny for any flaws at each and every stage of production, from the cutting of the logs to the drying in our kilns. The result is a superb instrument that transfers more of your power to the ball. SAM BATs also boast a larger "sweet spot" for hitting. Major League Sanctioned and Little League(R) Approved.

About Good Sports - Good Sports is a non-profit organization that strives to increase the physical activity of disadvantaged youth helping to lay the foundation for healthy active lifestyles. Due to generous partners in the sporting goods industry, Good Sports has impacted over 180,000 kids and distributed more than $3.8 million worth of equipment to youth sports and fitness programs since 2003.

To view the photos video associated with this press release, please visit the following links:http://www.marketwire.com/library/20090714-1_RB8SamBatRealMaple_800.jpg, http://www.marketwire.com/library/20090714-2_RB8BatwithRB8logo_800.jpg, http://www.marketwire.com/library/20090714-3_RBatthepark_800.jpg, http://www.marketwire.com/library/20090714-RB8SamBatlogo_800.jpg

To view the video associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvN1akeo_9o

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