OUR STORY

1996 to today

 

From product innovations and ground-breaking campaigns to the partnerships and big bets that propelled the Brand forward, these are the moments that made us who we are.

1996

Prototype #0037 - “The Shorty”

The shirt that started it all. It was soft. It was skin-tight. It was stretchy. And, most importantly, it wicked sweat faster than anything else out there, keeping athletes cool, dry and light.

UA First Shirt
Cold Gear Base Layer

1997

Heatgear® for When It's Hot & Coldgear® for When It's Cold

After delivering on the keep-you-cool promise of HeatGear® with the first T-shirt, Under Armour introduced its now-famous ColdGear® fabric, which keeps athletes warm, dry, and light in cold conditions, and then AllSeasonGear®, which keeps athletes comfortable between the extremes.

1998

The Move to Baltimore

Under Armour moved operations from a rowhouse in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC, which belonged to Kevin Plank’s grandmother, to an all-new headquarters and warehouse in Baltimore, MD, the city it has called home ever since.

2003

Protect this House

 

Under Armour’s first national television ad, the now-legendary Protect this House® commercial, featured former University of Maryland football standout Eric "Big E" Ogbogu. The ad established Under Armour as the authentic voice for the next generation, and introduced the concept of “WILL,” a theme that remains an undeniable part of the Brand’s DNA. 

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UA Team Going Public

2005

Going Public

Under Armour went public on November 17, 2005, trading at NASDAQ under “UARM” and becoming the first U.S.-based initial public offering in five years to double on its first day of trading.

Click Clack Poster

2006

Click Clack

Under Armour made the leap into footwear with the introduction of its first line of football cleats. The Brand captured a 23 percent share of the market in its first year and became the official footwear supplier to the NFL.

2007

Brand House

Under Armour’s first Brand House retail store opened in Annapolis, MD.

UA First Brand House
 BILLION DOLLAR BRAND

2010

BILLION DOLLAR BRAND

​​By nearly quadrupling its revenues in a five-year period, Under Armour surpassed $1 billion in annual revenue just 15 years after the company’s founding in Kevin Plank's grandma’s basement. Kevin Plank marked the occasion by signing the shipping box that made the milestone purchase.

Connected Fitness Apps

2015

Connected Fitness

Through the acquisitions of fitness app companies MapMyRun, Endomondo, and MyFitnessPal, Under Armour built the world’s largest digital fitness and wellness community.

2018

UA HOVR

 

This new pinnacle cushioning system for Under Armour footwear is not only soft enough to absorb impact, but it also returns energy and pushes you back up so it feels like zero gravity. Under Armour, 1. Gravity, 0. 

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Curry Brand X UA logo

2020

Curry Brand Launch

Under Armour, in partnership with NBA champion and MVP  Stephen Curry, announced the creation and launch of the Curry Brand, a purpose-led performance brand with a mission to ensure every young person has equitable access to sport.

2020

Patrik Frisk Becomes CEO

Patrik Frisk became Under Armour’s CEO & President, marking a handover from Kevin Plank who served as CEO since he founded the company in 1996. Patrik, who joined the company in 2017 as President & COO, advanced Under Armour’s enterprise-wide operational excellence, and his steadfast leadership was crucial to strengthening Under Armour’s foundation and positioning the company for the next growth phase.

Youth Female Football Player

2022

Access to Sport

Under Armour believes everyone deserves the right to engage in sport. The company announced their long-term commitment of resources, focus and energy: To break down barriers for those who strive for more by creating opportunities for millions of youth to engage in sport by 2030.