SIG is a full-service basketball agency. We offer our clients a complete package of services in order to maximize their earning potentional, not just simply negotating their contracts. However, the most important function that SIG provides is to help manage our client's professional basketball career.
For the players that are in the WNBA or attempting to be in the WNBA, partnering with SIG will maximize your opportunities. SIG has been representing players in the WNBA since the league’s inception. SIG’s contacts and reputation are second to none. Having a full understanding of the league and the value our clients bring to it, we insure that our clients receive the maximum compensation for their value. SIG will negotiate increases from one season to the next after their rookie contract is up, rewarding our clients for their hard work. SIG also has a great understanding of the dynamics of each team, coach and player, and works to find the best possible fit for each player. If there is ever a conflict of interest, no other agency has the track record of SIG in working with multiple teams to negotiate trade and transfers.
SIG’s roots are in international basketball, and our network and reputation in Europe and Asia is second to none. SIG has an incredible understanding of the functions and details of every top international league, most notably the Euroleague and Eurocup. We have a working relationship with every major team in the world and have represented players in every national league in Europe. SIG clients will be provided with the best representation possible in international basketball, and will have an experience of a lifetime by living abroad while playing. SIG will formulate a plan consistent with our client's needs and wishes, and will work hard to find the ideal situation. Every year, the SIG staff spends months promoting its players, marketing their abilities, and unique skills they posses. After finding the proper team, in an environment conducive to the player’s needs, SIG will negotiate the best possible terms for employment. It is our goal to make sure our clients have a safe, comfortable, and profitable experience overseas.
Professional basketball players have a limited timeframe with which they can compete at the highest levels and earn a commensurate salary. Sports International Group supports our players in preparing for life after basketball, having hired Australian career development and transition expert Sam Wloszczowski to assist with this process.
Be provided with opportunities to maximize your networking opportunities
Have your off-court business interests supported
Have your off-court charitable interests supported, including whereby players wish to begin a foundation of their own
Be linked with mentors in fields of interest
Be supported with your transition into life after basketball
Be supported with coaching, training, broadcasting opportunities after competing
Be able to work through a process to determine areas of interest beyond basketball
Be supported with off-court partnership opportunities in areas of interest
Marketing & Philanthropy
We offer the following services in our expanded global marketing sector:
Assistance with professional bio and portfolio
Increase off-court opportunities
Negotiate ‘staple’ deals to supplement player’s income (shoe deal, trading cards etc.)
Partner with Public Relation firms to increase exposure
Generate and promote individualized brand through endorsements
Generate and promote individualized brand through sponsorships
Assistance with website design
Assistance with logo and business card profile
Promote radio and television appearances
Automobile deals and discounts
Charity and philanthropy affiliations
Camps and mini clinic implementation
Networking opportunities with influential partners
Develop strategies that will be consistent with career development both during and after basketball
Empower clients with the tools they need to get the results they want
The purpose of SIG’s full-service approach to representing athletes is to make it so that our clients are completely taken care of off the court. One of the services that is offered by SIG is management of clients’ personal affairs, should they want it.
Our personal management service:
SIG can serve as the client’s "home base" receiving all packages and mail.
SIG arranges for all products provided by endorsement contracts to be delivered to the location that is best for the client.
SIG will coordinate all travel arrangements for the client, pertaining to contractual duties in the United States and abroad, assisting family and friends as well.
Passport and Visas
SIG will assist the client and their family members in obtaining US Passports and/or Visas for travel abroad.
Banking and Checking Management
SIG will assist the client by taking care of their bill pay and banking needs.
Being with SIG has given me the opportunity to complement my WNBA career with playing overseas. Trusting SIG's worldwide knowledge of the ins and out of this business has allowed me to maximize my earning potential. Trusting your agent is key and the quality I most appreciate in Boris is his honesty!! So, I can honestly say that the best part of our relationship is the personal approach they have, where now I consider them my family.
I have been with SIG since my rookie season. Boris, Ticha and his staff have guided me through my career and have always been there to help me make important decisions. From being a rookie in the league, to my first contract overseas, first olympics, first WNBA championship, to being a veteran in the league they have been there through it all. Not only do we have a great working professional relationship but we are great friends as well. I know that in any situation, at any time of the day or night I can call Boris or Ticha and they are going to help me. This type of service and care I don’t think you can get with any agency. To me that is the best advice I could give anyone looking for an agent or agency is find people who truly care about you as a person first and an athlete second. They are the epitome of that quality and that is why I have been their client for going on 15 years.
SIG has always had my best interest not only as a player, but as a person. In a business world, they treat their players like family and that's something you can't replace!
Boris LelchitskiFounder & CEO
With over thirty years of experience in the sports industry, Boris Lelchitski has established himself as one of the top sports agents in the world. In 1996, Boris founded Sports International Group, and has since managed the careers of numerous high-profile professional basketball players and coaches.
Since 2006, Boris has developed SIG into one of the most respected and dynamic agencies in the professional basketball world. Specializing in women’s basketball, Boris client list now includes some of the top athletes in the sport. SIG represents over 30 players in the WNBA, including WNBA Champions, Most Valuable Players, All-Stars and Rookies of the Year. Internationally, SIG represents numerous high-profile clients who have won European Championships, Olympic Medals, World Championship Medals as well as Euroleague and Eurocup Club championships.
Boris has developed an incredible reputation in the professional basketball world through his dedication and high level of integrity, as well as the results he gets for his clients. No other agency can come close to the amount of success that SIG has had over the last 15 years. SIGs clients consistently receive top-dollar contracts and are provided with a personal service that is unmatched in the industry. This combination is why SIGs clients are the happiest and most successful in the business. Boris has negotiated record-setting contracts for women’s basketball players and SIG’s women’s basketball clients consistently earn a combined average of over $15million per season. These proven results are what separate Boris from the competition and place him in an elite category.
Prior to founding SIG, Boris spent the majority of his career coaching in Russia and the United States. While in Russia, he was the head coach of Spartak, St. Petersburg for eleven years. During that span, Spartak was a major competitor in the Euroleague. After coming to the United States, Boris spent three years as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Heathwood Hall Academy, and five years coaching AAU Basketball in Columbia, South Carolina. During his coaching career, Boris won over 500 games and numerous conference and state championships on the amateur and pro levels.
Boris holds a Master’s Degree in Basketball Coaching from Lesgaft Academy of Physical Education in St. Petersburg, Russia and an associate’s degree in Sports Administration from the University of South Carolina.
Carolina BlancoExecutive Director
No one else has a full time office executive who is an ex-athlete, but most important who is the master of organization, extremely detailed and exceptionally dedicated! Results Driven!
Her experience and expertise with travel details is of utmost importance to our clients and their overseas travel. If there is a problem, she is available to resolve it, three hundred sixty five days a year, twenty four hours a day seven days a week. Her experience and familiarity with giving priority to all of the intangibles that are important to our clients is a huge bonus! She negotiates everything from priority travel arrangements, to scheduling work outs. There is nothing that you cannot ask her and nothing she will not give her all in order to accommodate the needs of all our clients.
In addition, Carolina makes it a point to personally know the players and what their likes and dislikes are. Often taking time out of her day to schedule phone calls to touch base and share her experience and expertise with younger clients. She is totally committed to getting the results desired by our clients.
Carolina has been a part of SIG since 2003, making SIG and its clients part of her family. Her duties go far beyond anything that can be expressed in a brief paragraph; she is an invaluable part of SIG and its success. There is no one else who has been doing it longer, or been doing it better.
Prior to SIG, Carolina was the Director of Women's Basketball at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was the liaison between the Athletic Department and the Women’s Basketball program. She oversaw day to day operations, budgeting, travel accommodations, and personnel support. Carolina also served as a Media intern for the Washington Mystics.
Carolina holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Communication from Duquesne University.
Ticha PenicheiroWNBA/FIBA CERTIFIED AGENT
Sports International Group, Inc., is very fortunate to have one of the best guards to have ever played the game on board as a WNBA/FIBA certified agent. Growing up in the small, beautiful country of Portugal, Patricia “Ticha” Penicheiro was introduced to basketball by her father and brother when she was just five years old. Immediately hooked on the sport, Ticha spent countless hours on the playground courts proving girls can play sports too. All the teasing and blocking she received as a female playing with her older and stronger male counterparts groomed her for what was to come, which was more than she could have ever imagined.
Before long, Ticha had developed the “American Dream” and decided she wanted to come to the United States and attend a university. After being offered a few full basketball scholarships, Ticha chose to attend Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, VA and in 1994 packed her bags and left her country, her family and her friends to follow her dream.
From 1994 through 1998, Ticha grew as a woman and a basketball player while helping to position ODU back to a place of national recognition as a Top 25 team for the majority of her college career. Seeing her dreams come true before her eyes, Ticha was considered one of the top players in the United States. By 1998, Ticha was a two-time Kodak All-American player and won the prestigious Wade Trophy Award. Inspired to work toward her next career milestone, Ticha followed along with the first season of the WNBA in 1997, ready to make her move.
Upon graduating ODU in 1998, she was quickly drafted as second pick overall and headed to Sacramento, CA to begin her career playing in the best women’s professional basketball league in the world. For the next 12 years, California became Ticha's home and before the Sacramento Monarchs folded in 2009, they were able to bring a WNBA championship to the city in 2005. Ticha's next career move was to former rivals, the Los Angeles Sparks where she played two seasons. Then in 2012, she joined the Chicago Sky for her 15th and last season in the WNBA.
Through it all, Ticha is most grateful for the amazing friends she made and has created lifetime memories. “Being European, I loved heading to Europe and continuing to get my passport stamped visiting so many different countries through basketball.”
Ticha had a stellar professional career. Looking back, Ticha has humbly exceeded her expectations in moving across the country from Portugal to America as a young woman. Under her belt are three different WNBA teams, four-time All Star, a first team All League a few times and was able to leave her mark as one of the best passers in the league. Following such a successful and adventurous career, Ticha has finally retired and decided to follow her heart and become a sports agent, “becoming a sports’ agent is something Ive always seen myself doing because it will keep me close to the game I love and I will be able to help players make a smoother transition to the professional basketball world”, Ticha said.
Overall, Ticha brings a depth of knowledge and experience that SIG clients will benefit from.
SAMMY WLOSZCZOWSKIDIRECTOR, AUSTRALASIA
& CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Sammy joined Sports International Group in early 2012 after moving from Melbourne, Australia, where he has held a variety of roles across the Australian sporting landscape. Sammy has worked in athlete development and welfare across over a dozen professional and Olympic sporting teams.
After completing a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce/Sports Management, Sammy went on to work at an array of sporting clubs and institutions, including as the Player Development Manager for a professional Australian Rules Football club, and the Athlete Career and Education Advisor at the prestigious Victorian and New South Wales Institutes of Sport.
With a focus and expertise in athlete career development, personal well-being and life balance, Sammy has previously and currently continues to represent several of the finest Australian athletes across multiple sports, including national team members, Olympic gold medallists, Commonwealth Games medallists, and both male and female Olympic basketballers. He possesses FIBA management credentials and a sound understanding of the Australian sporting culture and lifestyle, and subsequently will be coordinating all Australasian programs for Sports International Group, while working to support the career development of SIG clients in their ambitions above and beyond basketball.
He brings to SIG his proven track record of supporting elite-level athletes to achieve their potential both within and beyond their sporting realm.
JONATHAN A. JORDANCORPORATE COUNSEL
Jonathan joined Sports International Group in April 2016 as a Fellow and, using his basketball experience and legal acumen, made an immediate impact. He joined SIG full-time in September of 2016 as the Director of Men’s Basketball Operations and Corporate Counsel.
As Corporate Counsel, Jonathan reviews contracts and all other legal matters across SIG’s three divisions. For Women’s Basketball, he helps provide support through the WNBA Collective Bargaining Agreement and filing of Basketball Arbitral Tribunal cases.
Before joining the SIG team, Jonathan interned and worked with the Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans, National Basketball Retired Players Association, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, ESPN color commentator Stephen Howard, and Hottell Family Law Group in Fairfax, Virginia. In addition to his work experience in professional basketball, Jonathan is also a former high school and college athlete. He takes great pride in having coached the boys’ basketball team at his alma mater, the GW Community School in Springfield, Virginia.
Jonathan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a minor in Sports Management from Lynchburg College, and a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School with a certificate in Sports Law. Jonathan is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.