Nike has endorsed some of the greatest athletes in the history of professional sports. Michael Jordan. Derek Jeter. Tiger Woods.
Now, one of the most recognizable corporate symbols in the world, the "swoosh," will rest above the left chest of the special needs children participating in Victory Day 2012.
Representatives from Nike, in association with Team Sports Inc., have agreed to provide football jerseys, complete with embroidered names and Victory Day logo, and footballs to every student participating in this year's event.
Aaron Segedi, Victory Day creator and Trenton varsity football coach, said a recent article on Trenton Patch brought a great deal of attention to Victory Day and things began to snowball from there.
Segedi said he received a call from a representative of Team Sports, a business that sells Nike sporting goods to high schools, who had read the article and was interested in knowing more about Victory Day.
"The next day he calls and said, "I met with our regional guy...we're in,'" Segedi said.
The jerseys would have cost Segedi about $50 each, if not for Nike's donation.
Segedi said he had made a wish list for Victory Day and football jerseys were at the top of the list.
Segedi said he has received emails from coaches and teachers at high schools throughout Michigan, Ohio, Arizona and Virginia--each wanting to know how they can start their own Victory Day.
Though Nike was a huge boost, Segedi said he is still looking for sponsors and is currently creating a sponsor package for the event.
Items remaining on Segedi's wish list are:
- Event programs
- Victory Day website
- Youth goal posts
- Additional sponsors
Victory Day 2012 is set for 10:30 a.m. September 15 at Trenton High School.
To donate time or money to Victory Day or to become a sponsor call Aaron Segedi 734-552-4654 or email him at email@example.com.