The partnership between the Valparaiso University athletic department and Nike will continue through at least the 2020-21 school year, as the two entities announced today that they had reached an agreement to make Nike the official provider of Crusader uniforms and apparel for the next five years.
“We are excited to be continuing our long-standing partnership with Nike,” said Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera. “As our programs continue to improve and continue to compete for championships, the ability to provide them with top-quality gear is critical. It is a strong indication of the quality of our coaches and student-athletes that the top global creator of athletics products and services would increase their investment in our program.”
Nike became the official provider for Valparaiso University athletics beginning with the 2009-10 school year, providing uniforms and apparel for all 21 Crusader programs. The new five-year contract between Valpo and Nike represents a significant increase in value to the Valpo athletic department. BSN Sports will serve as the supplier of Nike products to Valpo.
“I'm pleased that our program's association with Nike will be continuing for the next five years,” said Crusader men's basketball head coach Matt Lottich. “Nike is known nationally and internationally for being the leader in basketball shoes and apparel, and our players are most comfortable and feel their performance is best in Nike shoes. In addition, our affiliation continues to pay dividends on the recruiting trail when prospects look at Valpo Basketball and see Nike.”