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AAE Teams Up with Schools to Win The Fight Against Athletic Budget Cuts


Athletic Directors and coaches continue to face athletic budget cuts and “pay to play” hardships during this economic slump. AAE aims to help schools, and ultimately their student athletes, by expanding its deferred billing program. The ability to pay a portion and defer the balance (first six months interest free) should be a welcome alternative to holding off on buying new or replacement sports equipment until all money is available.

Royersford, PA (PRWEB) October 24, 2012

In an effort to help athletic programs throughout the country, AAE (Aluminum Athletic Equipment Co.), a leading U.S. manufacturer of sports equipment, is offering schools and universities a deferred payment billing plan. AAE recognizes the struggles schools are facing with the down economy; therefore, the company has made this payment option available so that athletic programs do not have to sacrifice quality or delay their needs in order for their athletes to benefit from new sports equipment now. Schools are able to pay a portion of the cost up front and defer the balance – the first six months are interest free. In some select cases, customers are even able to defer the entire payment.

“It is a pleasure to be able to offer this payment plan and accommodate our customers in this difficult economic time,” said Diana Mascaro, Office and Billing Manager at AAE. “We have received a lot of positive feedback from grateful customers who appreciate this option that benefits their sports programs time and time again.”

Although AAE has offered this payment plan on a limited basis in the past, the company is expanding its reach since identifying a growing need among its customers for this type of option. Given the continued athletic budget cuts and “pay to play” hardships that many Athletic Directors and coaches face, deferred billing should be a welcome alternative to holding off on buying new or replacement sports equipment until all money is available. Athletes win because they get to benefit from new equipment right away and coaches win because they can rest easier knowing the cost is being spread out over time.

“We want our customers to know that we feel their pain,” commented Tim Driscoll, AAE President. “As a family-owned small business, we understand just how crushing this economy has been, especially on sports and recreational activities. And hopefully this billing plan can help offset some of the financial strain felt by athletic administrators and coaches alike.”

AAE has built itself on customer service and innovation since inventing and patenting the aluminum rocker hurdle in 1950 for the track marketplace. Since then, AAE has introduced a multitude of new products for use by coaches and athletes worldwide. With the use of advanced technology and design innovations, the firm makes over 500 items, including: track hurdles; track starting blocks; discus cages; hammer cages; shot cages; pole vault pits; high jump pits; long jump pits; permanent football goalposts, portable football goal posts, rotating or hinged football goal posts; semi-permanent or portable soccer goals; field hockey goals; lacrosse goals; baseball batting cages; baseball foul poles; ball stopper protective sports netting; portable press boxes; team benches; portable bleachers and Kronum goals. AAE develops, fabricates and assembles most products at its Royersford headquarters and manufacturing location near Philadelphia. For more product information call 800-523-5471 or visit

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