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Under Armour's Kevin Plank says sports 'kept me on the straight and narrow'

Baltimore, MD -- Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank at the company's annual shareholder meeting last year.
Baltimore, MD -- Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank at the company's annual shareholder meeting last year. (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank attended three high schools and says his mother wasn't sure he was college material.

"I went to three high schools – it's a fact," Plank said during a panel discussion in New York City organized by The Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation. "My mother would have told you I was not cut out for college."

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But Plank, who played football in high school and at the University of Maryland, says sports kept him in school.

"Sports was so important to me and really the reason I completed college, I think," said Plank, who appeared on the panel Tuesday night with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, tennis champion Serena Williams and Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, among others.

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"The thing that kept driving me back was I've got to have good grades for sports because you have to have your grades in order to play. And it was the one thing that kept me on the straight and narrow," said Plank, a Kensington native.

The panel discussion focused on the importance of youth sports. A video of the discussion was distributed by publicisits.

Plank started the Baltimore-based sports clothing business in 1996. Under Armour sales have grown to just under $4 billion in 2015.

Plank drew parallels during the discussion between sports and business.

"You're always talking about the same types of themes," he said. "For us, sales and marketing is like offense, manufacturing and distribution is like defense – supply chain – (and) finance and IT is like special teams."

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