Rocket fans can show their school pride while helping fight the spread of the coronavirus and aid others in the process.
Team Sports, a sportswear company located in Holland, Ohio, and a longtime supporter of Rocket athletics, is branding and marketing face masks that feature a Toledo Rocket logo.
The company is selling the products online and giving all proceeds to UToledo’s COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund and the American Red Cross.
“Like everybody else, we wanted to do something to help,” said Matt Eberly, senior account representative of Team Sports. “This was a perfect way to provide masks to people who want them, as well as let people show their Rocket pride.”
Eberly said he originally contacted William “Billy” Pierce, UToledo associate vice president of alumni engagement, for ideas to help with marketing a face mask to alumni. Pierce suggested a Rocket-branded mask with a portion of the proceeds going to the Rocket to Rocket/COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund and the UToledo Student Food Pantry Fund.
“Since so many people are wearing face masks now, I knew that UToledo alumni would love to have a Rocket logo on theirs,” Pierce said. “It’s a win-win. It provides support to our students who need it, and it helps get our brand out there. It’s also a chance to show support to a local business that has been a loyal supporter of our athletics program for a long time.”
Face masks and T-shirts can be ordered on the Team Sports website. The deadline for all orders is Sunday, April 19, at 11:59 p.m.