On July 10, Corban University Athletics inked a 3-year deal making Nike the primary sponsor for its programs.
The deal gives the University an allowance that can be used to purchase high quality uniforms, apparel, shoes and equipment for its student-athletes and teams. The uniforms for each team will be replaced during the next three years with lighter weight uniforms utilizing new sublimation technology that dyes the logos and numbering into the uniform itself. This prevents the uniforms from wearing out as quickly and adds comfort.
Corban Director of Athletics Greg Eide said men’s and women’s soccer teams, men’s basketball, volleyball, softball and the golf team would likely receive the new uniforms this year.
“We aren’t changing uniforms for teams that had recent replacements,” Eide said. “This will be a three to four year changeover process.” He said the deal provides significant boost to the athletics’ department budget.
As with all major sponsors, the Athletics department will place the Nike logo near Corban’s athletics fields and in the gym. Nike will also have space within game pamphlets. Athletes will be encouraged to wear Nike shoes and cleats, but not required to, Eide said.
"We are grateful for the opportunity that Nike is providing our athletes and athletic department," Eide said. "The agreement will give our programs financial assistance and allow us the opportunity to create a more consistent look throughout our teams, as we continue to develop the Corban athletic brand.
“The confidence and support that Nike is expressing to our athletes is both exciting and gratifying,” he added. “We look forward to creating a relationship that is long lasting, and mutually beneficial, for both Nike and Corban University."
Among the ten schools in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, Corban becomes the third "Nike school" joining Concordia and Southern Oregon.