A college has announced that it will no longer partner with Nike on gear after the apparel giant’s decision to feature Colin Kaepernick as the face of the 30th anniversary of the famous “Just Do It” slogan.
It is probably not a school that most people were aware of.
College of the Ozarks, a small school of just over 1,400 students in Point Lookout, Mo., made the announcement on Wednesday.
As a result, the College of the Ozarks, a small Christian institution in rural Missouri, announced that it would get rid of all athletic uniforms that had been purchased from Nike and anything else that displays the Nike “swoosh” logo, according to a news release.
The college revised its sports contracts in October 2017, adding a stipulation that all participating coaches and players “show respect for the American flag and national anthem,” the release said.
“If Nike is ashamed of America, we are ashamed of them,” the college’s president, Jerry C. Davis, said in a written statement. “We also believe that those who know what sacrifice is all about are more likely to be wearing a military uniform than an athletic uniform.”
This isn’t the first stand that College of the Ozarks has made around the protests made popular by Colin Kaepernick a few years ago.
Last September, the school announced that it would not play any opponent whose player(s) kneel during the national anthem.
The Bobcats compete at the NAIA level in all sports.
Nike released the first commercial, narrated by and starring Kaepernick, on Wednesday.