DALLAS The American Taekwondo Association, the largest martial arts organization in North America dedicated to the discipline, has selected Stone Ward as its agency, the shop said.
For the last two years, Stone Ward has helped promote the ATA World Championships held annually in Little Rock, drawing approximately 25,000 U.S. and international visitors to the city. The ATA and Stone Ward are both based in Little Rock.
"We look forward to further developing that relationship as we move forward with the message of the ATA and its founder, eternal grand master H.U. Lee," said Jim Wolff, chief executive and chief creative officer of ATA.
Founded in 1969 by Lee, the ATA has more than 350,000 members, including 53,000 black belts, on five continents. Three thousand instructors oversee more than 1,500 schools and clubs worldwide. The ATA is also the founding organization of other international affiliates, including the World Traditional Taekwondo Union and the Songahm Taekwondo Federation, the agency said.
With 65 employees, Stone Ward claims billings of more than $44 million. Millie Ward and Larry Stone co-founded the agency 21 years ago.