When adidas signed the University of Miami to an athletic apparel sponsorship deal, the general consensus was that the apparel brand would be positioning The U at the forefront of their jersey and shoe technology, as well as new and exciting designs.
The latest installment of those moves came today when adidas and the University of Miami announced new alternate jerseys for the season opener vs LSU.
The adidas partnership with Parley is great for its conservation efforts, along with premium design. Here’s the full press release from Miami and adidas about the parley jersey collaboration:
PORTLAND, Ore. –The University of Miami and adidas today revealed their new environmentally-conscious alternate uniforms for the 2018 season – the first-ever football uniforms featuring repurposed and upcycled materials created in partnership with Parley For The Oceans.
The new uniforms will make their on-field debut for the Hurricanes’ season opener against Louisiana State University at the 2018 AdvoCare Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sept. 2.
Creating a unique look for the Canes, the Miami x Parley A1 uniform features “The U’s” home jersey orange colorway that is accompanied by accents that are an ode to the cause to end plastic pollution of the oceans. The jersey sleeve caps and the stripes white pants feature a wave print that fuses Miami’s signature dark green with the EQT green colorway that adidas x Parley has become synonymous with. Subliminal tonal palm trees on the sides of the jersey pay homage to South Floridian landscapes and the environment that enriches the biodiverse local ecosystem. The literal thread tying the Miami jersey to Parley is continued in a green stitched pattern within the white block numbers.
”Our players and staff are excited to wear the new adidas Parley jerseys and gear for our season opener. We’re also excited that adidas and Parley are teaming up with UM to help promote sustainability around the world,” University of Miami head football coach Mark Richt said. “Community service has always been an integral part of our football program, and this partnership with adidas and Parley helps us continue those efforts.”
Starting August 27, the Miami x Parley A1 uniforms will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science to launch a fund for educational research.
Each fall, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science welcomes 100-plus undergraduate students who are eager to dig into their studies in the marine sciences. To enhance and expand the first year experience, Rosenstiel will develop a fund from the adidas/Parley auction proceeds that will provide the resources to support a one-day “research at sea” cruise for all first-year students aboard the research vessel Walton Smith. The cruise will provide a hands-on experiential learning opportunity that has never before been available for the first-year students.
”The Miami Hurricanes are thrilled to partner with adidas and Parley to wear the first ever college football uniforms made from repurposed Parley materials,” director of athletics Blake James said. “The City of Miami – and the University of Miami – are forever linked to the ocean. Our Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science on Key Biscayne is one of the world’s foremost centers for oceanographic and atmospheric research.
”This partnership gives our student-athletes an opportunity to make a difference in our community by promoting sustainability efforts on campus, around South Florida – and across the globe. Thank you to adidas, Parley and the Rosenstiel School for their commitment to sustainability, and for helping us continue to build champions at The U.”
Highlighted by elements of the ocean from top to bottom, Miami’s new special edition adidas x Parley A1 football uniform is composed of over 70% regenerated ECONYL® yarn; a raw material transformed from fishing nets and other nylon waste intercepted in marine environments. As a part of their partnership, adidas x Parley rework these various marine plastic waste materials into technical fibers that create the material framework of a durable, yet breathable fabric that is optimal for adidas performance apparel. In addition to the new eco-innovative uniforms, players will also wear new adizero 7.0 or FREAK x Parley cleats and gloves featuring recycled materials for the September 2 game. The adidas x Parley football cleats mark the first-ever styles of eco-conscious footwear to be debuted on-field for NCAA football competition.
In addition to the use of repurposed and upcycled materials, Miami’s new Primeknit A1 football uniformredefines thecompression silhouetteand takes the innovation and design of football jerseys and pants to the next level,with an emphasis on full range of motion, fit, form and function. A new body-mapping jersey design features an all-new ribbed knit pattern on the chest and shoulder pads to produce a refined fit, while knit engineered mesh channels feature Climacool technology to provide enhanced breathability and cooling zones. The development of a new innovative chevron pattern on the chest of the jersey aligns with a player’s shoulder pads and generates increased durability for high-contact zones for protectionand the inside of the jersey features silicon grip patterns on the shoulders to lock the pads in place. Delivering a clean, iconic look, Primeknit finishes inspired by the adidas UltraBOOST and NMD are incorporated into the collar, while sleeve cuff and hem for added comfort and a new infinity neckline eliminates distractions and allows for a full range of motion. The revolutionaryPrimeknit A1 footballpants have been re-engineered with just two seams and bonded pockets for added comfort and a clean compression look and feel, along ribbed Primeknit on the knees for added durability.
adidas is committed to increasing the use of eco-innovative materials such as Parley Ocean Plastic® and regenerated ECONYL® yarn in its products as a replacement for virgin plastic and a symbol and catalyst for longer-term change. All uniform accessories were designed with the yarn spun from recycled and repurposed materials, some of which are made from waste that was intercepted from beaches and coastal communities. Additionally, coaches and sideline personnel will also be decked out in Parley gear, including the newest iterations of the adidas UltraBOOST Parley, to emphasize the team and brand’s dedication to minimizing our environmental impact.
The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science’s mission is to deepen our collective knowledge of our planet through cutting-edge scientific research on the oceans, atmosphere, geology, biota, and the human dimension, while training the next generation of scientists. We transfer the knowledge gained to our students, the national and international scientific community, and to policymakers and the public.
As stated in the press release, the adidas x Parley A1 jerseys will be auctioned off, with proceeds to benefit the world renowned University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS). So, you can get a premium jersey and help fund research to save our oceans. Absolutely a win-win proposition.
Not only are the Canes rocking the adidas x Parley jerseys for the opener, but they’ll be sporting adidas x parley cleats as well. I included the pics in the gallery above, but in case you didn’t scroll to the end, here they are again:
Once again, adidas has lived up to their word by putting the University of Miami at the forefront of their jersey and cleat technology and cutting edge design. But that’s what you do when you have brands as strong as adidas and The U teaming up together. Power moves only.
Love the new parley alternates? Hate them? What about the cleats? Hop in the comments and talk about the jerseys, you guys!