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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thereâ€™s more to outfitting a sports team than color selection.
For area high schools acquiring sports uniforms their athletes need provides myriads of options.
Some school districts, such as Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS), make a formal contract with an athletic company.
SGCS just signed a three-year uniform agreement with Adidas.
Other districts do not enter into contracts in that sense and work with a variety of different companies.
Whitko Athletic Director Casey Stouffer said a variety of companies work with the school to provide Wildcat apparel.
Columbia City High School works with some national companies, but according to Athletic Director Geoff Penrod, making such a relationship exclusive would limit his coaches.
â€śWe wouldnâ€™t want to limit our uniforms to just Nike, for example, because sometimes Nike couldnâ€™t give what the coaches wanted as far as price or look,â€ť he said.
Uniforms provide varied expenses for districts. Penrod said as much as $15,000 could be spent in one year on uniforms, depending on needs.
Other years, not as much is needed, as Whitko only bought track uniforms last school year.
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