University of St. Thomas athletics director Steve Fritz has announced a three-year partnership agreement with Eastbay to supply Nike uniforms, footwear, equipment, and athletic accessories for all 20 Tommie Athletics varsity sports teams, beginning July 1, 2016.
Like the majority of Division III institutions, St. Thomas teams have traditionally purchased their uniforms and apparel from a variety of vendors while also choosing among several brands. The new arrangement will allow St. Thomas to pool its collective buying power while bringing more uniformity to its teams under the Nike brand.
"This is a great opportunity for St. Thomas athletics and Eastbay to come together to help us unify our unique St. Thomas brand," said Fritz. "This will benefit our institution and student-athletes as we team up with Eastbay and Nike. Other NCAA institutions from Division I on down are seeing the benefits of similar partnerships."
As part of the agreement, St. Thomas will have access to Nike game and practice uniforms, equipment, and training gear through Eastbay's Team Sales group. Fans, boosters, and parents will have access to official Tommie sideline gear through online purchase opportunities.
Headquartered in Wausau, Wis., Eastbay is a worldwide leader that provides athletes and coaches with top brand names in footwear, clothing and equipment.
"Our goal is to help these athletes gain an edge with the best performance shoes, clothing, and equipment in the market," said Eastbay Vice President - Team Sales Ken West. "We have a 35-year history of supplying the greatest athletes in the world with the products they need to be successful. We fully support St. Thomas' mission of working together to develop strong teams, and we are excited to help them in their pursuit of excellence. Our close relationship with Nike and access to its top-tier product and programs will help Tommie athletes look their best and play their best."
Eastbay is a leading provider of athletic apparel and equipment worldwide, offering the industry's top brands, as well as the exclusive Eastbay brand of products. For more information, visit EastbayTeamSales.com or call for team pricing at 1-800-841-5748.
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For more information:
University of St. Thomas Associate AD
Eastbay College Team Sales Manager