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Coach Auriemma and the University of Connecticut will be presented with the Championship Werner Ladder used to cut down the nets in April

Nov 01, 2016

Storrs, Connecticut (November 1, 2016) — In honor of their 2016 NCAA® Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, head coach Geno Auriemma and the University of Connecticut Division of Athletics will be presented with one of the Werner ladders used to cut down the nets in Indianapolis this past April. The presentation will take place during pregame ceremonies of the Huskies’ game versus Indiana University (Pennsylvania), at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut. 

"For the ninth year in a row and the sixth time with the University of Connecticut, Werner Ladder is privileged to be associated with the net-cutting ceremony and such an iconic moment in women’s sports. It is our honor to commemorate the achievements of Coach Auriemma and the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team during the 2015-2016 season," said Chris Filardi, vice president of marketing for Werner Co. “To help them kick off the new season, we are pleased to present them with one of the 2016 Championship ladders at their first home game of the season.”

“The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association is pleased to have Werner Ladder as a corporate teammate and grateful for its continuing support of NCAA women’s basketball and our association,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “We are honored to be a part of this presentation of the ladders to Coach Auriemma and share this special moment for him and his team."

Coach Auriemma will autograph a replica of the Championship ladder used to cut down the 2016 nets and it will be auctioned off at a UConn fundraising event. More details will be released at a later date.

A full selection of Werner ladders for both consumers and professionals are available at Lowe’s, an Official Corporate Partner of the NCAA®, and at www.Lowes.com, as well as most major home centers, professional hardware and paint retailers nationwide.

Werner, a WernerCo brand, is the world leader in ladders and the Official Ladder of the NCAA® Basketball Championship. Werner has a complete line of climbing products designed for working at heights. The portfolio includes ladders, attic ladders, scaffolding, pump jacks, stages, planks, step stools, accessories and fall protection equipment including harnesses, lanyards, anchors and compliance kits. From ladders to fall protection, Werner provides a full line of climbing equipment that's engineered to provide maximum safety, durability and productivity at every height. All Werner products meet or exceed applicable international safety standards. For more information, visit www.wernerco.com/us.

About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of coaches to those organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit www.WBCA.org for more details about the Association.

About the NCAA
The NCAA is a diverse association of more than 1,100 member colleges and universities that prioritize academics, well-being and fairness to create greater opportunities for nearly half a million student-athletes each year. The NCAA provides a pathway to higher education and beyond for student-athletes pursuing academic goals and competing in NCAA sports. More than 54,000 student-athletes experience the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics by competing in NCAA championships each year. Visit ncaa.org and ncaa.com for more details about the Association and the corporate partnerships that support the NCAA and its student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola as official corporate champions and the following elite companies as official corporate partners: Allstate, Amazon Echo, Bing (Microsoft), Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG, Lowe’s, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever and Wendy’s.

Different types of ladders are designed to keep you safe and productive when climbing or standing. Using the wrong style of ladder or simply ignoring the limitations of climbing equipment can result in a fall or serious injury.
Height reach Height is referring to the actual ladder height. Extension ladders should be 7 to 10 feet longer than the highest support or contact point, which may be the wall or roof line. The highest standing level is four rungs down from the top. The highest permitted standing level on a stepladder is two steps down from the top.

Reach height is the maximum reach assuming a 5’6” person with a vertical 12” reach.
Ladders are designed to safely hold up to a specific amount of weight. The Werner Performance System defines five different capacities using a color and star rating system. The Duty Rating is defined as the maximum safe load capacity of the ladder. A person’s fully clothed weight plus the weight of any tools and materials that are carried onto the ladder must be less than the load capacity.

Performance system
Werner offers ladder made from fiberglass and aluminum. Each material has characteristics which make it best for certain applications, or one material may simply fit the personal preferences of the user. For example, if working around electricity users should select fiberglass products due to their non-conductive side rails.