SANTA CLARA, California–(BUSINESS WIRE†strivrthe leading provider of enterprise-class Virtual Reality (VR) training, today announced a brand ambassador partnership with professional golfer and PGA TOUR member Patrick Rodgers† As part of the two-year partnership, the first of its kind for Strivr, Rodgers will carry the Strivr logo and make special appearances to represent the brand at Strivr events and engagements.
“Our partnership with Patrick will help bring greater attention to Strivr and the power of immersive technologies to deliver dramatic improvements in training and performance,” said Derek Belch, Founder and CEO of Strivr. “Sport is in Strivr’s DNA, from our early incubation with the Stanford University football team to our clients in NFL and NCAA football. This collaboration with Patrick is a great way to highlight the different ways innovative learning modalities like VR can be used to help people perform at their best.”
Strivr’s story began when Belch worked as a graduate assistant coach for the Stanford football team and developed a unique approach to using VR to train the team’s quarterbacks. With the football field as the testing ground, Belch decided to leave coaching and start a business. After only a few months in business, Strivr had built a customer base that included more than 20 NFL and NCAA football teams, as well as the U.S. national ski team. Today, Strivr is largely enterprise-focused, partnering with Fortune 1000 companies such as Walmart, MGM Resorts, and Sprouts Farmers Market to bring VR-based learning to knowledge retention, employee engagement and real-world, on-the-performance. work.
“When I was at Stanford, I saw the promise of emerging technologies on many fronts, giving me my appreciation for the value innovation can bring to human development,” said Rodgers. “I am a strong believer in leveraging innovation to drive continuous improvement, and I look forward to working with Strivr in its Fortune 1000 partnerships to accelerate awareness of the impact of VR on learning and performance. ”
During his collegiate career at Stanford, Rodgers was one of the most decorated collegiate golfers in the history of the sport. He equaled Tiger Woods’ record of 11 collegiate tournament wins and won the prestigious Ben Hogan Prize for college golf, while also climbing to become the best amateur in the world during his final collegiate season. Rodgers turned pro in 2014 and took his first win in 2015 at the Colombia Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour. A card-carrying member of the PGA TOUR, Rodgers has qualified for the FedEx Cup four times.
Belch and Rodgers both graduated from Stanford University in 2008 and 2014, respectively.
With nearly one million students trained in VR, Strivr is transforming employee journeys through immersive learning. Incubated at Stanford, Strevr’s platform powers the creation, delivery, management and measurement of VR-based learning to optimize workforce performance. With Striv, enterprises get unique learning and assessment data to measure training effectiveness, evaluate role potential, and predict learning outcomes at scale. From hiring to training and upskilling, Strivr is proud to partner with elite sports teams and Fortune 1000 companies to improve performance through an immersive experience. For more information visit www.strivr.com†