By RICKY LINDSAY, Editor-in-Chief
The University of Michigan announced its partnership with Nike to become the Wolverines’ athletic provider Tuesday. Nike will supply all of Michigan’s 31 athletic programs with “uniforms, footwear, apparel and equipment,” per a release.
Adidas is Michigan’s current athletic provider. The Wolverines’ contract with Nike will begin Aug. 1, 2016 and runs until 2027, with an option to extend the deal to 2031.
Since becoming Wolverines before the 2013 athletic season, the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s relationship with Michigan has strengthened.
Teams have received gear from Michigan since, and seven of UM-Dearborn’s varsity teams (volleyball, men’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, lacrosse) donned adidas jerseys last year. Softball wore Russell Athletic while hockey wore Rebirth alternate jerseys.
It is unknown if UM-Dearborn will also switch to Nike next year, but it did not keep athletes from chiming in on the announcement.
Former UM-Dearborn hockey player (2011-2014) Jeremy Klotz.
Looks like UM Dearborn is gonna get hooked up HUGE with Adidas gear next year. @D_Blacker lets stock up again
— Jeremy Klotz (@klotzy93) July 6, 2015
Incoming UM-Dearborn women’s basketball freshman Natalie Spala.
UM-Dearborn men’s basketball senior Paul Standtke.
— Reboundislife (@Paul2ThaWall) July 6, 2015
UM-Dearborn lacrosse junior Hannibal Roda.