On this very site there was once a page dedicated to my “sponsors.” I liked and used their products. For several years I kept in touch with them, sent the required quarterly updates, had links from my website to their website. Some provided a small discount to me when I bought from them. A couple even gave me stuff at no cost other than using their products. Over time I decided to drop my sponsors. I got tired of putting together all those reports, emailing them, and then following up to see if my report had been received. I supposed the marketing folks at those former sponsor companies had bigger fish to fry.
Nike! If you want a great sponsor don’t even consider Nike. They’re a great sponsor. Nike isn’t interested in your request for sponsorship. If you are good enough, they’ll find you. In cycling, decades ago, Nike was one of my sponsors. Nike probably had no idea I was one of their athletes.
I got free Nike apparel because I raced bicycles for Trek. I had a contract to represent Trek as a member of their “Mid-Atlantic Factory Team.”
Trek gave me all manner of free stuff including bicycles, bicycle parts and racing kits. Those kits were adorned with the Nike swoosh. One of those free bicycles was the equivalent of getting seven top end Mathews or Hoyt compound target bows a year. It beats the heck out of a 25% discount on a dozen arrows or bowstring. To make matters better I never had to send in a personalized summary of my races. Someone knew and kept track.
A Nike sponsorship would be nice. I need new running shoes. This year I’ve run through four pairs of running shoes. The last pair on hand is disintegrating with every mile. I have a race tomorrow and am hoping the shoes don’t fall apart during the run. If they do, it won’t be Nike’s fault.
Running shoes aren’t so expensive that a new pair will break the bank. A new pair is around $134.00. Call me cheap, but I hate buying new running shoes.
Nike never provided me with running shoes. My loose connection with Nike didn’t go past the free kits from Trek. Once, a representative from Nike did give me a free pair of Nike bicycle racing shoes. I think he just wanted to get rid of them and they happened to be my size. I still have them – I can’t run a step wearing them.
When it comes to sponsors I miss the free stuff. Buying new running shoes or a new bowstring pains me. It is also a pain to pay entry fees and travel expenses. There was a time those costs didn’t come out of my wallet either. But, for the most part we athletes have to pay to play. I suppose I’ll have to bite the bullet and fork out the cash, again, for a new pair of running shoes. Then, I’ll need to do the same for arrows and a bowstring.