ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- After making the switch to Adidas clothing and gear for its sports teams, the University of Michigan Athletic Department is giving its Nike-branded leftovers to veterans, soldiers and Iraqis.
The school last year signed an 8-year contract with Adidas to outfit its sports teams, ending a relationship with Nike, whose iconic swoosh logo couldn't be missed on jersey and shoes the Wolverines wore for years.
"We were just so happy to be able to get it to veterans who have served this country," Marty Bodnar, the school's associate athletic director for ticketing and marketing, told The Ann Arbor News.
From Wednesday to Friday, about 80 volunteers sorted Nike-branded Michigan apparel from three semi trucks and several storage containers at a warehouse in Washtenaw County's Scio Township.
The gear includes football jerseys, T-shirts, gloves, pants, coats and athletic shoes. Some is destined for veterans facilities across the state.
"They're going to jump all over it, even if they're Michigan State fans," said Michael Harris, executive director of the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Some soccer shoes are being shipped to Iraq for soldiers and Iraqis who play together.
Apparel will go to veterans at five Veterans Affairs hospitals in Michigan; a homeless veterans shelter in Detroit; state veterans' homes in Grand Rapids and Marquette; the Salvation Army; and to Southeastern Michigan Veterans Stand Down Inc., which provides clothing to veterans.