When people think of the island nation of Jamaica, thoughts of its topography of rolling mountains, lush rain forests, reef-lined beaches, some of the fastest sprinters in the world and a famous bobsled team come to mind. However, most people would be surprised that the tiny island nation is set to take center stage at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Lacrosse Championship.
From July 12-24, 46 countries and 2,000 athletes and fans from all over the world will converge in Netanya, Israel for lacrosse’s flagship international championship competition.
So today, adidas proudly announced a new partnership in which the sneaker and apparel company will be the official athletic footwear, apparel and equipment brand for Team Jamaica Lacrosse.
The team is made up of current professional and former NCAA lacrosse players, including co-captain and Major League Lacrosse Chesapeake Bayhawks defender Goran Murray, co-captain Attacker Evan Redwood from Amherst College and Midfielder Hakeem Lecky from Syracuse University.
“Our mission is to help athletes perform better and we couldn’t be happier to partner with Team Jamaica on their mission to compete for a World Championship,” said Dan Near, Sr. Director of adidas Lacrosse. “We believe that sport has the power to change lives and this partnership provides a tremendous opportunity to both empower athletes and help bring recognition to the sport of Lacrosse on a global stage.”
Making their debut in an international lacrosse competition, Team Jamaica will make their debut sporting a custom adidas Lacrosse kit that includes special edition adidas Lacrosse jerseys and shorts, FREAK gloves & elbow pads, FREAK shafts and heads, and the adidas adiZero 5-Star 7.0 and FREAK cleats.
Getting their inspiration from traditional and iconic Jamaican references, the Team Jamaica kit is centered around the green, yellow and black colors of the Jamaican flag and pays homage to the unique history and personality of the nation. The design of the jersey features a repeating flag in the short side panel and on the jersey sleeves. Additionally, the country’s motto ‘Out of Many, One People’ from the Jamaican Coat of Arms is highlighted on the jersey and gloves in order to pay tribute to the unity of the Jamaican population’s multiracial roots. The adidas Lacrosse custom Showcase uniforms feature a dual fabric blend of a stretch knitted poly front panel and shoulders with a full back and side stretch mesh, providing the athlete wearing it top class range of motion and ventilation.
To show the ultimate support for the team, one lucky fan will have an opportunity to win an exclusive adidas x Team Jamaica kit. Within the custom case, which is emblazoned with the Jamaican Flag and “Out of Many, One People” team slogan, the kit features (1) Jamaican uniform, (1) adidas FREAK head, (1 pair) custom adidas FREAK Jamaican team colored gloves, and (1) custom adidas FREAK Jamaican team colored shaft, along with some Jamaican jerk spices and a few recipes for Jamaican cuisine. Follow @adidasLacrosse on Instagram for ways to win the kit in the coming days.
adidas Lacrosse is committed to help growing the game and building icons in the sport. In addition to partnering with Team Jamaica Lacrosse, adidas is donating 100 custom complete sticks to programs in Jamaica to help grow the game. The sticks will feature a custom strung FREAK head with the same custom shaft used by the Jamaican National Team in the World Championships. Over the past two years the 3-Stripes brand signed partnerships with Four-time All-Star and Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Championship MVP, Drew Snider and 2016 MLL first overall draft pick and 2017 All-Star Game MVP, Myles Jones. Additionally, adidas Lacrosse has more than doubled its number of NCAA lacrosse teams and added dozens of high school and club programs in the past year.