MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007
JU signs deal with Nike to equip athletic teams

May 21, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has signed an agreement with Nike that will equip 16 of the school's 18 varsity men's and women's sports through 2010.

The deal comes after the second straight year in which JU has won at least four conference championships, a state championship in men's and women's rowing, moved to the state-of-the-art Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena and received increased exposure with the football program.

The agreement is a comprehensive relationship that provides the sports and athletic department with various lines of NIKE product including uniforms, footwear, apparel and practice gear.

Each of the sports will be wearing all NIKE products from head to toe as a result of the arrangement. NIKE currently has arrangements with Florida, Florida State and Miami, with JU joining the group in the state.

"One of my priorities has been to have a unified look and design for our teams," said JU director of athletics Alan Verlander. "Our coaches and student-athletes have told me that Nike is their top choice for supplying our athletic equipment and Nike has given us the product to meet our wants and needs."

The new agreement utilizes NIKE's largest team distributor, Orlando Team Sports, as the day-to-day manager of the contract. As a part of the agreement, JU teams will receive additional product from OTS and will save the athletic department thousands of dollars.

"We are incredibly excited and proud to build a partnership with JU," said Stan Clark of Nike Team Sports. "We look forward to growing that partnership and moving forward with the programs at JU as they grow."

The new agreement will also result in a new look for the football and men's basketball teams as they will be wearing newly designed jerseys.

"The relationship with JU is very strategic as it relates to OTS," said Rhanda Hinote, vice president for OTS. "JU has made great strides in a short amount of time and we want to be partnered with them and help them get to the next point."