Hempstead, NY - The Hofstra University Department of Athletics is proud to announce a continued sponsorship agreement with New York Life. Highlighting this agreement is the title sponsorship of the upcoming women's basketball tournament, the three-day New York Life Holiday Invitational, from Dec. 21-23 at the Mack Sports Complex.

The holiday tournament will feature the Pride playing Ole Miss on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. and Northwestern on Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. Ole Miss and Northwestern will square off on Dec. 22 at 3 p.m.

Additionally, New York Life will also be the presenting game sponsor for Hofstra's next home game on Saturday, Dec. 1 against Harvard, as well as What I Want To Be Day against Drexel on Feb. 14 and Hofstra's Girl Scout Day against James Madison on Feb. 17.

The agreement will again include major branding throughout the Mack Sports Complex including on the main scoreboard, on the basketball pole padding, and featured prominently on the concourse signage. The sponsorship also includes public address announcements, on-court promotions, co-branded giveaways, and web presence on GoHofstra.com.  

"We're looking forward to continuing our partnership with New York Life and are very grateful for their support," said Hofstra Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway. "Our collaboration last year was instrumental in promoting both the Hofstra's women's basketball program and New York Life's brand, and we once again are excited to work together in raising awareness for women's initiatives on Long Island and the greater New York metropolitan area." 

 About New York Life

New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States* and one of the largest life insurers in the world. New York Life has the highest possible financial strength ratings currently awarded to any life insurer from all four of the major credit rating agencies: A.M. Best (A++), Fitch (AAA), Moody's Investors Service (Aaa), Standard & Poor's (AA+).** Headquartered in New York City, New York Life's family of companies offers life insurance, retirement income, investments and long-term care insurance. New York Life Investments*** provides institutional asset management and retirement plan services. Other New York Life affiliates provide an array of securities products and services, as well as retail mutual funds. Please visit New York Life's Web site at www.newyorklife.com for more information.

*Based on revenue as reported by "Fortune 500, Ranked within Industries, Insurance: Life, Health (Mutual)," Fortune Magazine, May 5, 2011.  See www.money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune for methodology. 

**Source: Individual Third Party Ratings Report as of 8/23/11.

***New York Life Investments is a service mark used by New York Life Investment Management Holdings LLC and its subsidiary, New York Life Investment Management LLC.

About Hofstra Athletics

The Hofstra Athletics program competes on the NCAA Division I level and is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, whose footprint stretches from Boston to Atlanta. The University sponsors 17 intercollegiate programs - eight men's sports and nine women's sports. Hofstra has men's teams in basketball, baseball, lacrosse, golf, tennis, wrestling, soccer and cross country.  Women's sports include basketball, volleyball, softball, tennis, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, cross country and golf.