Feltman’s Rich History, Unique Connection to Academy Leads to First-of-its-Kind Multi-Year Agreement for Army West Point and Legacy Hot Dog Brand
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army West Point Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Army West Point Sports Properties, announced today a brand-new relationship with the name behind America’s first hot dog, Feltman’s of Coney Island. The iconic New York brand is now Army West Point Athletics’ first-ever “Official Hot Dog” and will be available for purchase during all football, basketball, hockey and lacrosse games.
The multi-year agreement and exclusive designation as the “Official Hot Dog of Army West Point Athletics” also marks Feltman’s first collegiate sports sponsorship. Notably, Feltman’s Chief Executive Officer Joe Quinn, Chief Marketing Officer Rob Boeckmann, and Executive Chairman Nicholas Loudon graduated from the Academy, and Quinn played basketball for the Black Knights from 1998-2002.
In 1867, Charles Feltman invented the world’s first hot dog on a split bun as a convenient way for Coney Island beachgoers to enjoy sausages. Nearly 150 years later, Feltman’s long lost legacy was resurrected by Quinn and his brother Michael in honor of their late brother, Jimmy, who was killed on 9/11 at age 23 during Joe Quinn’s final year at West Point.
Today, as a veteran-owned and operated Gold Star family business, with a team that has collectively served more than 110 months in combat, Feltman’s critically-acclaimed all-beef hot dogs remain inspired by Charles Feltman’s original boardwalk sensation—proudly made in America and naturally smoked for a juicy explosion of old-world spices and flavors with every bite.
“For many years after Jimmy’s death on September 11th, I believed that our dream of reviving Feltman’s had also died that day,” Feltman’s CEO Joe Quinn said. “For our dream to be reborn right here 20 years later with Feltman’s being named the Official Hot Dog of West Point Athletics is truly a surreal and powerful full-circle moment.”
In addition to the exclusive sponsorship designation, Feltman’s will have use of official marks and logos and receive brand visibility via Army West Point social channels and in-venue signage.
“We’re grateful for the support of Feltman’s as we head into what is sure to be another successful year at West Point. This is a special place and few understand that better than the Feltman’s team so we are appreciative of their support and excited to continue our relationship with them,” Director of Athletics Mike Buddie said. “Our Army West Point corporate partner family is invaluable to our department and we’re thrilled to have Feltman’s as our first-ever ‘Official Hot Dog’.”
ABOUT FELTMAN’S OF CONEY ISLAND
In 1867, Charles Feltman invented the world’s first Frankfurter hot dog on a split bun as a convenient way for Coney Island beachgoers to enjoy sausages without plates or silverware. In 2015, two Brooklyn brothers, Michael and Joe Quinn (CPT U.S. Army) revived Feltman’s boardwalk favorite in honor of the brother they lost on 9/11—and thus, the *original* original hot dog was reborn. Today, Feltman’s is the fastest-growing hot dog company in the U.S. with its all-natural products sold at U.S. supermarkets nationwide, restaurants coast to coast, and online at Feltmans.US, which offers a service members discount. Follow @feltmansconeyisland on Instagram and @FeltmansConey on Facebook & Twitter.
Feltman’s of Coney Island Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder Joe Quinn (Class of 2002)
Feltman’s of Coney Island Executive Chairman Nick Loudon (Class of 2004)
Feltman’s of Coney Island Chief Marketing Officer Rob Boeckmann (Class of 2012)
ARMY WEST POINT SPORTS PROPERTIES
As the locally-based team for Learfield, Army West Point Sports Properties works alongside Director of Athletics Mike Buddie and his administration to grow the Black Knights’ brand. Learfield, multimedia rights holder for Army West Point Athletics, is a leading media and technology services company in intercollegiate athletics. The company unlocks the value of college sports for brands and fans through an omnichannel platform with innovative content and commerce solutions for fan engagement. It has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions since 2008.