I got this press release from Darren of Sports Agent Blog over the weekend. I’m already signed up as a Media member, so you should drop by and do the same.
Young Entrepreneurs Launch a New Social Networking Site: “AccessAthletes.com”
Gainesville, Fla. – Sept. 24, 2007 , Darren Heitner, 22, of Hollywood, Fla. and Matthew Allinson, 26, of Baltimore, Md., have launched AccessAthletes, LLC.
AccessAthletes.com is an interactive, social community that connects athletes, agents and the media across the globe so that they can communicate with each other more effectively and efficiently. Users may search for an agent, recruit talent, network or stay informed of the latest sports news. Athletes can make their AccessAthletes profile their home base for recruitment, bring their teammates online and create an official Access team, or inform the media of their latest achievements on the field.
The goal of the site is to revolutionize the sports industry by providing enhanced access to athletes, agents and the media. AccessAthletes requires its members to comply with all NCAA Bylaws and all other rules and regulations applicable to their respective sports. Athletes, agents and media entities must go through a validation process to confirm a registrant’s identity. If it is found that the registrant is truly a member of one of the three categories, that person will gain MVP status.
AccessAthletes.com strives to open various channels of communication under a secure umbrella, where all MVPs are authorized and information is kept secure. MVPs will also have control over their own privacy settings and can dictate who is able to contact them on the site.
Matthew Allinson and Darren Heitner, co-founders of AccessAthletes, LLC added, “Whether you are an athlete, agent, media entity or general sports fan, we want you to join the AccessAthletes.com community. While our site is geared towards athletes, agents, and the media, the sports fans are the people who drive its success.”