- Nike’s New York State Shootout (With the cancellation of New York’s Empire State Games, lacrosse players from across New York were granted an opportunity to showcase their abilities for coaches from across the country)
- Nike will be outfitting each team with the Six Nations uniforms that Hopkins, Virginia, North Carolina and Syracuse wear, and the coaches will be outfitted in matching polos. In addition, Nike offset some of the costs of the event including referee costs.
- Nike Blue Chip Lacrosse Camps
- Nike Elite Lacrosse Camps
(From DailyTarHeel.com) The new deal also places all UNC coaches under a consulting contract with Nike, which involves participating in clinics and giving feedback on new equipment and products. Previously, fewer than 10 coaches of the University’s 28 varsity teams had such a contract with Nike.
Included in the contract is $2 million for the Chancellor’s Academic Enhancement Fund, more than double the previous amount Nike gave to the fund. Chancellor Holden Thorp has designated that money to benefit faculty support.
“Through our research, we knew that Nike was the major player for an all-sports agreement,” he said. “There are other companies that handpick sports on campuses, but not really companies that can support all of the programs.”
“Budget cuts have hurt the most in paying fixed term faculty and graduate students,” Thorp said. “I wanted to use it to help shore up some of that.”
The new deal also places all UNC coaches under a consulting contract with Nike, which involves participating in clinics and giving feedback on new equipment and products. Previously, fewer than 10 coaches of the University’s 28 varsity teams had such a contract with Nike.
Other areas the contract covers include team tours and travel, hosting tournaments and $1 million for lighting and sound renovations at the Smith Center.
The apparel company will also support the academic and athletic excellence fund, which provides bonus payments to coaches based on the accomplishments of their student-athletes both in the classroom and on the court or field.
The contract’s renegotiation was made with three years remaining on the prior agreement. Baddour said they decided not to wait and examine options with other companies once that contract expired because Nike is one of the few organizations that are able to maintain the type of all-sports agreement that UNC has.