The Nike era at North Little Rock has officially begun.
New uniforms have arrived on campus, and the reaction on Twitter has been positive.
The road jersey is white with blue sleeves trimmed in yellow and the Nike logo on the left, just under the V-necked collar.
The new look was trending on Monday night after the images were tweeted from the Charging Wildcats’ official Twitter account.
North Little Rock coach Brad Bolding said several weeks ago when it was announced that the Charging Wildcats would become a Nike school that it was just another step in the evolution of North Little Rock’s brand.
Bolding said in a text message that he was “absolutely” pleased with the new look.
“We want to be a national school,” Bolding said. “This is a huge step in making that happen.”
North Little Rock is the first school to pact with Nike in the state of Arkansas. Bolding has spent his summer transitioning his equipment from the old Under Armor contract to Nike.
Nike announced in the offseason that a partnership with North Little Rock was exciting for them as well as the school.
“We wanted to partner with North Little Rock because of their commitment to bringing a first-class product to the gridiron in Arkansas. The growing accomplishments of Coach Brad Bolding, his staff and players make the Charging Wildcats one of the premier football programs in the state of Arkansas,” Nike Representative Kelly Wylie said in a press release.“
Bolding said even then that it “was a big deal” for not only his school but to be the first in the state to pull off such a partnership.
North Little Rock finished the season last year with an unbeaten conference record losing just two games, one to Longview, Texas and in the state semi-finals to Fayetteville.
They are widely regarded as a state championship contender.