WASHINGTON, D.C. – Catholic University Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean Sullivan announced Thursday that the athletics department has entered into a five-year partnership agreement with Under Armour through BSN SPORTS.
Effective immediately, the University's intercollegiate athletics teams will transition to the Baltimore-based global leader in performance products and team apparel. Under Armour will outfit the Cardinals with gear for both game day and practices based on the department's established replacement schedule.
This partnership marks the first time that all Cardinal athletic programs will be entirely uniformed by the same outfitter. The multi-year agreement includes numerous incentives in the form of discounts and rewards for on-field achievements as well as additional marketing and promotional opportunities.
"With this agreement, Catholic University Athletics has taken another visible step in its pursuit to be among the nation's finest Division III athletic departments," said Sullivan. "By providing our student-athletes and staff with a superior product to wear in training and on game days, we are enhancing their experience and furthering the impact of our brand. This is a 'win' on numerous levels and we are deeply excited."
Catholic joins an impressive roster of Under Armour schools, including Maryland, Notre Dame, Boston College, UCLA, Auburn and South Carolina in NCAA Division I as well as Landmark Conference rivals Goucher, Moravian and Scranton and New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) football foes Springfield and WPI in NCAA Division III.
"We are thrilled to partner with such an established leader in the athletic apparel industry as Under Armour," added Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Michael Allen. "Our student-athletes will benefit tremendously from the innovative and high quality equipment and apparel options we'll be able to provide them with as part of this new arrangement. We look forward to seeing this partnership with Under Armour grow in the coming years."
The agreement comes after a year in which the Cardinals won three Landmark Conference championships in men's swimming, baseball and women's lacrosse while finishing second in field hockey, women's swimming and women's tennis. Women's lacrosse advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship and was ranked at No. 14 in the final Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll.
About Under Armour
Founded in 1996 by former University of Maryland football player, Kevin Plank, Under Armour is the originator of performance apparel – gear engineered to keep athletes cool, dry and light throughout the course of a game, practice or workout. Under Armour's mission is to make all athletes better through passion, design and the relentless pursuit of innovation.
About BSN SPORTS
BSN SPORTS is the leading marketer, manufacturer and distributor of sporting goods apparel and equipment. A division of Varsity Brands, BSN SPORTS markets and distributes its products to over 100,000 institutional and team sports customers in colleges and universities, middle and high schools, and recreational programs throughout the United States via catalog, e-commerce, and direct sales. Focused on providing game changing solutions through local partnerships, multi-brand selection and one-stop shopping for equipment and uniforms, BSN SPORTS' more than 2,000 employees have been helping elevate participation in team sports since 1972.
About Catholic University
As the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, The Catholic University of America is committed to being a comprehensive Catholic and American institution of higher learning. The University sponsors 25 varsity programs (13 women, 12 men) and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in Division III. The Cardinals compete as a charter member of the Landmark Conference with the exception of football which is an associate member of the New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and men's and women's rowing which are members of the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC).