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EIS signs uniform deal with ADIDAS

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By Will Phillips

 

Eminence Independent Schools will be entering into a partnership with sports equipment manufacturer ADIDAS this coming school year to provide uniforms and coaching attire for the schools’ various sports, according to school officials. 

The deal will go into effect in the upcoming school year and will include a budget for new uniforms, shoes and other pieces of clothing for coaches.

Chris Nethery, Eminence Athletic Director, said that the deal will provide four years of ADIDAS uniforms for Eminence student-athletes. And they’re not the first school in the area to do it. “[The program] is primarily aimed at small schools,” Nethery said. “Gallatin County and Owen County both do it.” 

Nethery learned of the program while speaking with the other schools’ athletic directors and decided to pursue it for Eminence. 

He approached H & W Sports in Campbellsville, the store that brokers the deal with ADIDAS and worked out all the details for Eminence.

Every sport that gets new uniforms for the next four years will get ADIDAS uniforms, according to Nethery. The schools also gets a percentage off of shoes and other equipment. 

Although the school will have to pay for the uniforms, ADIDAS will give Eminence a certain amount of money in credit each year that they participate in the program. 

According to principal Shannon Treece, the program will help parents of student athletes who may not be able to afford shoes and clothes at full price. 

“We have a lot of families with multiple children involved in sports,” Treece said. “So they’re having to purchase multiple shoes, multiple pieces of equipment. It’s a discount rate for all their children.”

Nethery added that the school’s sports programs are all in need of money and without a booster club it’s hard for them to raise the funds to buy equipment. But that with the new discount, the school administration hopes to make sports more affordable. 

According to Eminence Superintendent Buddy Berry at the last school board meeting, the program will provide $22,000 worth of gear over the next four years. The program will officially go into effect on July 1.