Morton East Signs Contract With Under Armour

Emily Campos Morton varsity poms student

Emily Campos Morton varsity poms student

The majority of Morton East staff and students are unsatisfied with Morton’s contract with Under Armour, it seems.

In a survey of staff and students, about 83% prefer another brand other than Under Armour.  Under Armour was invented by Kevin Plank in 1996, it is a much younger company than other known popular brands. Although Under Armour is a smaller newer company, the board of education of district 201 for the first time signed a 5-year contract with Under Armour. Morton East in earlier years was never exclusive to one specific brand, it wasn’t until last year that this change was made. Morton is the first high school in the Midwest to become an all exclusive Under Armour school.

“Under Armour isn’t bad, but they really don’t have a wide variety for soccer apparel and stuff.  If it was up to me, I’d rather have Nike because Nike has a larger variety and is known for their soccer products,” a former student said.  

Students are not the only ones that don’t agree with Under Armour contract, our staff and couches also had something to say.  

“Under Armour doesn’t really fit us. They’re made more for smaller people,” Gym teacher and coach Mr. Romo said. 

Although some students and staff don’t think Under Armour is the best fit for all sports, the contract minimizes the work coaches must do in finding sportswear and saves the school money.  

“A bid was put together, and Under Armour gave the best offer and came in our school colors. Before it was more time consuming for coaches to find athletic wear for their team at a good price now it’s easier,” athletic director Ms. Nicole Ebson said.