January 4, 2021 (Silver Spring, MD) - Maryland Bobcats FC and hummel apparel today announced that the legendary European athletic apparel company will be the official technical apparel partner starting in 2021. The agreement is is for four years. The Danish sports company will produce all uniforms and team gear for Maryland Bobcats FC's first professional season in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA). They will also outfit the Reserve Team, set to participate in the Eastern Premier Soccer League (EPSL) as well as our Youth program, furthering our "One Club" mentality where our youngest players up through our First Team have access to the same premium gear to help them play their best.
"We are delighted to have Hummel as our new gear partner. They will help us provide high quality gear for our Pro team, but also for our high-level Reserve team and youth teams as well. We are really happy and glad to have found a company that shares our ideals to start this next chapter with. We can't wait for the unique designs that Hummel come up with for the club!" said Jide Saba, Club President.
“This is a big win for us, our players, and for our fans” said Evan Raimist, General Manager and Director of Operations. “The hummel name goes hand in hand with soccer, and the more we spoke with them, the more we felt that they fit what we are trying to do both on the field, but also with our youth and in our community. They share the same ethos as the club and will allow us to continue to give everyone involved with the club (fans included) the best experience we can offer."
Hummel, founded in 1923 and creators of one of the first soccer cleats ever, prides itself on building its brand by doing things differently and with character. "A partnership with Hummel will help Maryland Bobcats FC give both our players the best quality equipment they need to compete at a professional level as well as give our entire club unity from the top down and the bottom up, furthering our "One Club" mentality. Through conversations, it was easy to see that Hummel wanted to not just help outfit the club, but to help us make our community a better place as well. I'm looking forward to the next 4 years and seeing what the visual identify of the club will continue to transform into" continued Raimist.
“We welcome the Maryland Bobcats to NISA and are excited to be chosen as the clubs official technical apparel supplier for the next 4 years” commented Country Manager Jeff Duback. “We look forward to expressing our brand karma and working to ‘change the world through sport’ with the Maryland Bobcats through our products, unique design and community outreach.”
The Danish brand prides itself on supporting local level projects, teams, and sports clubs that have a mind to change the world through sport. Through the addition of our youth program as well as the willingness to get involved in our community outreach projects, hummel will be a great addition not only to the club, but to the community as well.
Hummel gear will roll out in 2021 in anticipation of our first professional season in NISA in Fall 2021.