ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville Athletics Department is pleased to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Ingles Markets.


As part of the new agreement, the Chef's Kitchen, Ingles diverse and delicious catering service, will be the Presenting Sponsor of the Bulldog Athletic Association Hospitality and will provide food at men's and women's basketball games throughout the season. Aside from highlighting the catering offerings of Ingles and the Chef's Kitchen, Ingles will also become involved in many facets of the Athletic Sponsorship program including giving tickets to Ingles customers, signage, and a donation to the Athletics general scholarship fund following each game.


"We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Ingles," stated UNC Asheville Director of Athletics Janet R. Cone. "We recognized the importance of aligning with a company like Ingles which has a long commitment to education and community service and look forward to continued success together."


"Ingles is grateful for the many students, faculty and alumni from UNC Asheville that have made us their grocery destination, says Tom Outlaw, Ingles Vice President Marketing and Sales. This is Ingles way to say thank you to such an important part of our community."


UNC Asheville Athletics is also proud to announce its support of the Ingles Magical Toy Drive by collecting $10 unwrapped toys at each home basketball game between now and December 13th.


Ingles Markets operates approximately 200 stores in six southeastern states with annual sales of almost $2 billion. Its headquarters is located in Black Mountain next to I-40.