COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M Class Councils is proud to announce plans of a new partnership between Maroon Out and Aggieland Outfitters for the upcoming school year, in an effort to increase exposure for one of Texas A&M's proudest traditions. Texas A&M Class Councils is a group of current Texas A&M students that has overseen the proud Aggie tradition of Maroon Out for the last 16 years.
"This year our main focus is making sure that people know Maroon Out is more than about one t-shirt for one football game, it is the physical embodiment of the 12th man spirit," said Maroon Out Committee Chair, Nathan Box. "We have partnered with Aggieland Outfitters in hopes that Maroon Out 2014 is the largest season yet, not only in terms of sales but in spirit. We want to make sure that Maroon Out remains one of the proud Aggie traditions that every Aggie participates in."
Aggieland Outfitters Director of Marketing & Communications, Dallas Shipp, said the company is ecstatic about working with A&M students and being the official partner of Maroon Out for the first time.
"We are a proud Aggie owned and operated business, so to be able to work closely with the students in Class Councils is an extremely exciting opportunity for all of us at Aggieland Outfitters," Shipp said. "We are always looking for ways to bring excitement to our stores and we think that working with one of the largest traditions on campus will really be fun for our staff and all our customers this year."
Shipp added that Aggieland Outfitters is extremely grateful for the opportunity to partner with Texas A&M students, but wants to make it clear that it will still be a student run initiative.
"It's important to make sure that, not only is this a profitable operation for the students, but that the students involved also gain real-world experience every step of the way," Shipp said. "From design ideas and marketing campaigns, to inventory management and financial decisions, the students will lead the way. There have been lots of exciting new ideas that the students have already discussed with us, and we can't wait to get started."
While this is the first year the shirts will be sold and distributed off campus, all proceeds from the sale of the shirts will still go directly to Texas A&M Class Councils.
One thing not changing about the Maroon Out tradition is the open contest for fans to submit their ideas for the artwork on the shirt. Fans can submit their ideas and/or artwork at maroonout.tamu.edu to participate. All entries must be submitted by 5pm on March 31, 2014.
"All Aggie fans should submit their ideas, and make sure to follow Maroon Out and Aggieland Outfitters on social media because we will have lots of exciting news coming out in the next few weeks," Box said.
Aggieland Outfitters and Maroon Out are working to make Maroon Out shirts available much earlier this year as well, although an official date has not yet been set.
To stay up to date on the art design contest as well as 2014 Maroon Out Release Party information, be sure to follow Aggieland Outfitters and Maroon Out online!