Acquires Industry Leader Competitive Resources Group (CRG)

Olathe, KS, July 24, 2007 --(, the leading online career board exclusively for former collegiate athletes, has acquired Competitive Resources Group (CRG) of Lawrenceville, GA, expanding the services offers to businesses, job seekers, and universities. CRG, founded in 1998, is the industry’s leading niche training, placement, and consulting firm that specializes in career transitioning with individuals who have collegiate athletic backgrounds. With CRG’s hands on placement and training approach and’s online career board, Athletes4hire has the ability to offer multi-tiered recruiting services to universities, employers and career seekers.

“Our mission is to unite graduating and former collegiate athletes with employers who value and seek their skills by building the most advantageous, efficient, and opportunistic career services organization,” said Chris Smith, CEO of “CRG has an outstanding reputation with collegiate athletic departments and businesses throughout the nation, and provides services to the schools and athletes that create a significant advantage for graduating and alumni college athletes. This acquisition gives us a combined 11 years of experience working exclusively within this elite niche demographic in the recruiting industry, and creates a dynamic synergy that will help in our efforts to accomplish our mission.”

In addition to GRG’s placement services, representatives from CRG personally visit over 100 athletic departments each year to conduct training seminars and personal interviews with graduating collegiate athletes. Fewer than 450,000 students at four year institutions participate in collegiate athletics each year making them part of an extremely unique demographic. “Former athletes possess, among other intangible characteristics, incredible determination and work ethic which make them highly successful in the workplace. Many employers recognize and place great value on these traits, and also realize the scarcity of these high quality candidates. The combination of our services allows us to offer more opportunities to our job seekers, and also gives employers greater access to these outstanding potential employees,” said Smith.

Chris Smith