Arlington, VA – Under Armour Inc.
’s founder, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board Kevin A. Plank
will give the Marymount University 2014 Commencement Address at D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington DC on Sunday, May 18.
On that day, the university will award Plank the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of his entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to philanthropic efforts.
Plank founded Under Armour in 1996 to provide athletes with performance wear that is lightweight and stays dry under extreme conditions. As special teams captain for the University of Maryland football team, he knew that there had to be something better than the t-shirts which became soaked so quickly on the playing field.
Today, the company that began with shirts sold out of Plank’s car trunk is now a multi-billion dollar global brand and the leading provider of innovative performance footwear, apparel and monitoring devices. While its mission is to make all athletes better, Under Armour is also deeply committed to lessening its environmental impact and has incorporatd green technology into its performance gear. The Catalyst line of UA Green products, for example, uses up to four recycled water bottles in each piece of apparel.
In his success, Plank continues to empower other young entrepreneurs – offering them multiple platforms to follow their dreams and turn ideas into businesses. He established the Cupid’s Cup Business and Innovation Competition and Showcase in 2006, and he is an active supporter of the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.
Plank is equally active in serving his community. Under Armour has ambitious Give Back initiatives with focuses on breast health (UA Power in Pink), supporting the men and women who have committed to keeping us safe (UA Freedom) and empowering the athletes of the NEXT generation by providing kids in underserved communities access to sports (UA WIN).
Plank serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Inc., Start Up America, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the University of Maryland, the Greater Baltimore Committee and The North East Maglev Advisory Board.
________________________________A comprehensive Catholic university serving approximately 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students, Marymount is a student-centered learning community that values diversity and focuses on education of the whole person. Marymount is known for a culture of engagement that fosters intellectual curiosity, service to others, and a global perspective.