Do athletic apparel brands care about regular people? Is there something wrong with me where I don’t deserve free stuff? I work a very admirable job as an elementary school teacher. I am idolized by many of my students. I am a good role model. I’ve lived a thoughtful and caring life. Yet, somehow, I’m still paying for my clothes.
Kobe Bryant – raped someone, Ray Lewis – murdered one or more people, Michael Vick – dog fighting, Adrian Peterson – kid beater, Kareem Hunt – domestic abuse. What do all of these people have in common? That’s right, they all were sponsored by an athletic apparel company.
On the other hand, I continue to seek a sponsorship. No companies are begging me to wear their shoes or clothes. One has to ask, would it be smarter to sponsor me, a teacher?
When I walk into the school, I’m a celebrity. I have hundreds of kids shouting my name. I participate in countless high fives. My name is plastered on the freaking door. I am a teacher, I am entertainment, I am comedy, I am nurturing. Yet, I’m still not enough for these companies.
My measurables are not that far off from some of these athletes. I have the height of an elite cornerback and the weight of an edge rusher. I can bench press with the best kickers and sprint with your average quarterback. Even considering all of that – companies still don’t want me.
Here is a chance for athletic apparel companies to show that they care about teachers, and that they want to support those that do so much for future generations. I am a free agent. I am a professional award-winning teacher. Which one of you is brave enough to bring me on board as a sponsored-free-clothes-getting brand ambassador?