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UIL Partners with Nike

Media Contact: Kim Rogers
Phone: 512-471-5883
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Date: Dec 09, 2009
Category: General Information


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUSTIN, Texas - Beginning in December, Nike is partnering with the University Interscholastic League to be the official brand of choice for uniforms, apparel, and footwear. This marks the first time Nike has partnered with a statewide organization for uniforms, apparel and footwear at the high school level. 

This partnership will bring new opportunities and resources to Texas high school athletic, academic and music programs. As part of the agreement, UIL member schools will receive special pricing on Nike apparel and uniforms.

Nike provides innovation and technology to the best athletes and programs around the world, including the University of Texas. The company wants to bring that same innovation and technology to every high school athlete in the state.

“Serving high school programs is core to our brand,” said Rosemary St. Clair, General Manger 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.”

The UIL is currently celebrating 100 years of service to the state of Texas. In 1910, the Debating League of Texas High Schools was formed as a part of the University of Texas Extension Bureau and the following year an Interscholastic Athletic Association was founded and hosted the first University of Texas invitational track meet. In 1913 these two organizations merged to form the University Interscholastic League. By 1917, the UIL had become the largest interscholastic organization in the nation. Throughout the League's proud history its programs have inspired, challenged and touched the lives of countless students in virtually every school and community in the state of Texas.

NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned Nike subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Cole Haan, which designs, markets and distributes luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Umbro Ltd., a leading United Kingdom-based global football (soccer) brand; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, visit http://www.nikebiz.com.

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