Adidas, Nicklasson Athletic Company and the United States Marine Corps head up the MCAC sponsorship roster as the nation's largest NJCAA Division III athletic conference heads into a robust and exciting 2019-20 campaign.
Through the MCAC / Nicklasson Athletic partnership, MCAC-member colleges shall have access to the premium adidas Team Dealer inventory, promo wear and incentives. Squads and schools across the MCAC shall enjoy the best pricing, best products and best opportunity to elevate their game both on and off the field through the agreement. In addition, the Conference will now be able to develop and provide award apparel for select MCAC regular-season and post-season events. Additionally, with the sponsorship, Nicklasson will be the presenting partner of the MCAC / Nicklasson Coach-of-the-Year Award to MCAC mentors.
After a successful 2018-19 athletic season, the United States Marine Corps will again be an impressive presence at several MCAC events and on member campuses. The USMC will continue to provide leadership training, team cohesion exercise opportunities and educational forums for students, fans, followers and families around the Minnesota College Athletic Conference. Keep an eye out for the USMC on your campus as they present selected Athlete-of-the-Week awards to high-performing student-athletes who - like the Marine Corps - win battles for their teams en route to earning MCAC Player-of-the-Week honors.
Adidas, the NJCAA national apparel and equipment provider, has long been a supporter of grass-roots sport in our communities. Through Nicklasson Athletics, adidas shall provide the class and elevated brand-status enjoyed by top four-year colleges and universities across the United States. Several NCAA and NAIA college programs in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin enjoy a strong relationship with adidas, including Minnesota State Colleges & Universities members Winona State University, Southwest Minnesota State and Bemidji State University. Also, Viterbo (WI) University, Crown College and St. John's (MN) University are adidas-sponsored small college athletic departments. The University of North Dakota made a splash recently with their new adidas agreement, including a new look for their nationally-prominent hockey program.
Nicklasson Athletic Company is a well-respected athletic goods retailer known across Minnesota. NAC has been serving customers out of their New Ulm store for decades; as their family business grew, Nicklasson recently added a team sales location in Edina, Minnesota. Nicklasson provides clients with unparalleled customer service and has proven to be one of the top adidas Team Dealers in the Midwest. With more than 80 years of combined sales expertise, Nicklasson Athletic Company is positioned to support Minnesota College Athletic Conference teams with the latest, most innovative apparel and products.
The multi-year relationship between the Minnesota College Athletic Conference and adidas through Nicklasson Athletic Company will be a great opportunity for MCAC colleges to upgrade their own brand, improve their account management and explore options for their student-athlete, teams and programs. Mike Curfman, president of the MCAC stated: "We are very excited to have one of Minnesota's own family-based businesses as a supporter of the MCAC. With both their New Ulm and Edina locations, we are pleased to reflect the MCAC in that Nicklasson has both metro twin cities and out-state Minnesota locations."
Peter Watkins, director of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference added: "It is important for us to work with Minnesota-based companies that also are the right size and fit for our growing Conference. We are also excited to be a part of the NJCAA-adidas relationship that was forged through the National office. All of our 24 member colleges will have the chance to benefit from this relationship and we look forward to working with adidas through Nicklasson Athletics."
The United States Marine Corps Recruiting Station - based in Fort Snelling - will continue to be the center of operations for the MCAC/USMC partnership. Throughout the fall, winter and spring seasons, the USMC will deliver select adidas/Nicklasson Player-of-the-Week shirts to student-athletes across the MCAC. Also, look for USMC staff at several fall sport pre-season camps and early-season events, such as the MCAC Volleyball Crossover Tournament. "It was outstanding to see the honor and prestige that the Marines brought to our events last year. Athletes, fans, parents and coaches all took time to thank our USMC representatives for their service and appreciated their support of MCAC events" noted Watkins "We look to build on 2018-19 to educate our coaches and administrators to the professional development opportunities available through the USMC and to allow our student-athletes to consider all of their options after graduation from an MCAC-member college."
The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is the organizational body for NJCAA-affiliated two-year technical and community college athletic programs in the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, as well as select member colleges in North Dakota and Wisconsin. The mission of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference is to advance intercollegiate athletics by providing an engaging and supportive environment for success of our student athletes and competition among member institutions. The MCAC is committed to the guiding principles of encouraging the development and success of student athletes, promoting the integrity, honesty and loyalty to member schools as well as upholding the sustainability of conference athletic programs.
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