Through separately negotiated agreements, NIKE will become the exclusive on-field supplier of team uniforms and practice gear, as well as the licensee of authentic Organized Team Sports apparel.
In announcing the agreement, Roberson said the U-M chose to affiliate with NIKE in part because corporately they represent the kind of values that the University of Michigan desires to be associated with. We feel that the high quality of our institutions athletic programs is such that NIKE would enjoy the same outstanding return from our association.
One of the endowed womens scholarships will be designated for a student-athlete who exemplifies a commitment to improving the lives of Americas disadvantaged youth.
NIKEs gift to the journalism fellows program will support sports writers.
Sports reporting has been long-neglected within the profession, and this Fellowship will signal a change of attitude, said Charles Eisendrath, Fellowships director. Michigan will attract applications from the best people in the field.
The University of Michigan athlete represents the true meaning of the term student-athlete, said Thomas E. Clarke, NIKE president and chief operating officer. Michigans well-documented academic excellence has been paralleled by it ongoing commitment to national success on the field of competition. NIKE is proud to be associated with the University of Michigan.
Among other elements of the agreement:
NIKE Inc., based in Beaverton, Ore., is a leading designer and marketer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities.