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Ron Foxcroft the Only Canadian to be Named One of 30 Who Made a Difference by the NASO


For Immediate Release

RACINE, WISCONSIN (October 17, 2010) — To celebrate the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) 30th Anniversary, the NASO staff is recognizing 30 members who have made a difference. Among the 30 individuals, businesses and organizations that made the list is Ron Foxcroft. Foxcroft, inventor and manufacturer of the Fox 40 pealess whistle was the only Canadian to receive the honor.

Foxcroft has served twice as chairman on the NASO board, once in 1992-97, and again from 1999-03. He currently serves as a special advisor on the board. NASO is the world's largest organization for sports officials at every level and all sports and is the leading source of officiating education, programs and services worldwide.

Foxcroft's Hamilton-based company - Fox 40 International Inc., has also been a partner and supporter of NASO. His famous Fox 40 pealess Whistle is now recognized in over 140 countries worldwide. "Fox was easy," is how Barry Mano, president and founder of NASO, described the choice to add the Canadian entrepreneur to the list.

Twenty years ago Fox 40 became the very first NASO Education Partner. Fox 40 has also made a large impact with its initial sponsorship of the NASO Gold Whistle Award banquet. The Gold Whistle Award is now one of the most coveted awards in the world of sports officiating.

"I feel honored and humbled to be recognized by my peers and by such a respected organization as NASO," said Foxcroft of making the list. "There is no other organization that has contributed more for officials than NASO, and I am proud to be a part of that."

This honor follows the 2008 Referee Magazine announcement where Foxcroft was named one of the top 52 most influential referees in North America. "Narrowing the list down to 30 was quite a process, but the 'call' on Foxcroft was an easy one," noted Bill Topp, VP of NASO and editor of Referee Magazine.

For further information, contact:

Juliana Child
Fox 40 International Inc.
340 Grays Road
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8E 2Z2
Phone: 905-561-4040 x336
Fax: 905-578-5646


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