Asics, a Japanese athletics company, was founded in 1949 by Kihachiro Onitsuka. The company was first known as Panmure Co., Ltd., but became Asics when Onitsuka Tiger merged with GTO and JELENK brands. ASICS is an acronym of the Latin phrase "anima sana in corpore sano," which me... Read Moreans "healthy soul in a healthy body." Since 2007, the company has shortened the phrase to "sound mind, sound body" for advertising purposes. Asics shoes are manufactured for several sports, including football, running, netball, tennis, wrestling, track and field, cross-training, volleyball, cheerleading, and lacrosse. Asics produces several respected shoe lines, including the Asics 2150 running collection, Asics Gel-150 cross-training line, and Asics Kayano 16 running line. Popular clothing options include the Aleena, Amakusa, and Abby women's clothing lines, which feature training tops and bottoms for a variety of sports. In addition to shoes and workout clothes, Asics manufactures accessories. Backpacks, water bottles, arm and calf sleeves, and drawstring bags are available in a variety of colors and sizes.