Bantry Basketball Club announced today that actress and model Emily Ratajkowski has sponsored the club for the upcoming season.
Ratajkowski, who has starred in films such as Gone Girl and has had a very successful modelling career, has sponsored the Bantry team through her clothing brand, inamorata.
— Bantry Basketball Club (@bantryhoops) July 21, 2021
The announcement isn't out of nowhere - Ratajkowski has long had a grá for the Rebel County.
The American model spent her childhood summers at her parents' holiday home in Bantry, and has regularly returned over the past few years since gaining widespread fame. You only need to scroll through her Instagram feed to find old photos of nature trails and the like from County Cork.
This isn't Ratajkowski's first interaction with basketball in Bantry either. In 2018, she sent a tweet out that surely confused most of her American followers, congratulating Colaiste Pobail Bheanntraí on winning the All-Ireland Senior Boys basketball championship.
Congratulations Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai - All Ireland champions!
— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) March 13, 2018
Ratajkowski has also spoken before about her Irish ancestry, and even a simple Wikipedia search reveals her middle name to be "O'Hara". She appeared on the Late Late Show in 2014, where she revealed she knew one word in Irish - "ciúnas" - which her friend had taught her because she "talks too much".
The sponsorship deal covers Bantry's U15/U16 boys' team. The amateur club at Bantry run several underage teams, as well as their senior sides, who recently returned to training.
Ratajowski's 1.5m Twitter followers and 27.9m Instagram will surely bring a fair amount of exposure to Bantry Basketball Club if any acknowledgment of the deal comes from her official accounts.
We've seen some iconic sponsors on jerseys in the past, but we think it will be hard to trump Emily Ratajkowski's clothing brand appearing on Bantry Basketball's vests. Time will tell whether it will bring them luck in the coming months.