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COATS OF MANY COLORS: Schools handle uniforms in various ways

August 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — There’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.

“We wouldn’t want to limit our uniforms to just Nike, for example, because sometimes Nike couldn’t give what the coaches wanted as far as price or look,” 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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