The Florida A&M Univeristy Athletics department announced their six year partnership with NIKE, Inc on yesterday. Nike will become the official athletic apparel and equipment provider beginning July 1,2021 for the Marching 100 and all 14 sports programs.
The FAMU Men’s and Women’s basketball team will be outfitted in LeBron ‘King’ James signature branded apparel, including colors designed to match the Univeristy.
Kortne Gosha, the Vice President and Director of Athletics at Florida A&M University was elated to announce this partnership.
“ FAMU is an elite institution with a rich tradition of first, and our student-athletes deserve a student-athlete experience that is second to none. As we transition into a new athletic conference and the opportunity to engage apparel partners, the 23-year relationship with Nike and their commitment to culture, diversity, inclusion, and innovation has never been clearer,” said Gosha.
King James wore his FAMU Nike Lebron 18 PE shoes during his game on Wednesday evening. Showing off what’s to come to Famu Athletics.
After the game he later tweeted “ I’m looking forward to what the future holds “
MAJOR S/O @FAMU_1887!!!! Looking forward to what the future holds! 🙏🏾✊🏾👑 https://t.co/ArmX9iJoAl
Not even 24 hours later the announcement came.
“Nike has long supported Florida A&M Athletics, and I’m committed to lifting up HBCU’s, so I was happy I rocked a pair of the PEs in-game and showcased a piece of what’s to come for the men’s and women’s basketball programs,” says James about the shoes he wore during his March 2 home game in a post game interview.
Florida A&M has a rich tradition of excellence on the court and field, which not only includes athletic success, but equally important in academics, preparation for future careers and community engagement,” says Sonja Henning, Nike’s VP of League Partnerships for North America. “Through our continued relationship with Florida A&M Athletics, we’ll have the opportunity to partner with some of the country’s preeminent student-athletes and the next generation of leaders.”
Students,Alumni, and Coaches are so excited for this partnership to come.
Randall Griffin, the 17th Mister FAMU tweeted:
Spending all my money on Nike x Lebron x FAMU gear. 🤧🤷🏽♂️
Head football coach, Willie Simmons tweeted:
The game has officially been changed!!! @KingJames @FAMUAthletics @FAMU_FB#Nike #KingJames #FAMUAthletics #FAMULY #LeaveNoDoubt
This partnership will expands Nikes focus in deeping their relationships with HBCUs. Not only are they providing apparel and equipment but they are looking forward to offering scholarships and internships within the Athletics department for the student athletes.
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