Nike is partnering with the University Interscholastic League in Texas to be the official brand of choice for uniforms, apparel, and footwear for the state. This marks the first time Nike has partnered with a statewide organization for uniforms, apparel and footwear at the high school level. The relationship started on December 1.
Kim Rogers, chief of staff at UIL, said the contract doesn't require schools to use Nike products, but does offer discounts on uniforms, apparel and footwear. The UIL has about 1,300 member schools. Rogers says the contract was put out for public bid several months ago.
“Serving high school programs is core to our brand,” said Rosemary St. Clair, general manager for Nike Team Business. “We are thrilled to partner with the UIL in an effort to provide products to the schools and their communities.”
“We are extremely pleased to partner with Nike and to bring greater innovation and resources to the schools of Texas.” said Dr. Charles Breithaupt, Executive Director of the UIL. “This partnership is a reflection of the desire of the UIL to bring new opportunities to students statewide.”
As part of the agreement, UIL member schools will receive special pricing on Nike apparel and uniforms. Nike also currently outfits all athletic teams for the University of Texas.
The UIL is the largest interscholastic organization in the nation and annually produces some of the top-rated prep athletes in the country.