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For the No. 8 ranked University of Miami Hurricanes football team, the 2018 season opener against No. 25 ranked Louisiana State University is a chance to prove to the country that it’s worthy of National Championship consideration – and the Hurricanes will certainly look their best when the team storms AT&T Stadium in Dallas on September 2.  

Adidas and UM announced Monday afternoon that the Hurricanes will wear a new uniform on September 2 and while it’s pretty badass, it’s also made out of repurposed and upcycled materials, created in partnership with Parley For The Oceans.  It will mark the first time an NCAA football team has worn a uniform made predominantly out of waste materials – and this uniform is called Miami x Parley A1.  According to the school, the orange uniform with green sleeves and trim is composed of over 70 percent regenerated ECONYL yarn, a raw material transformed from fishing nets and other nylon waste materials typically found in marine environments.  These plastic wastes are reworked into technical fibers that create the framework for the durable and breathable fabric.

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The look will “pay homage to South Florida landscapes” with palm trees on the side of the jersey and stripes inside the numbers and on the pants, which, from a distance, will appear to take on the look of a wave pattern.  Bringing the whole thing together, the Hurricanes team will also wear matching cleats and gloves which contain the same recycled materials. But this is just one small step toward cleaning South Florida’s ocean.

To further help with the effort, the University of Miami will auction off several of these new jerseys, starting on Aug. 27, with the proceeds benefiting research in UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.  The school’s mission is to deepen our collective knowledge of our planet through cutting-edge scientific research related to the oceans, atmosphere, geology, biota, and the human dimension, while training the next generation of scientists to lead the way.  Every fall, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science welcomes more than 100 undergraduate students, eager to delve into their studies. The jersey proceeds will provide resources to support a one-day “research at sea” cruise, for a hands-on learning experience for first-year students.

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“Our players and staff are excited to wear the new Adidas Parley jerseys and gear for our season opener,” Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt said in a statement.  “We’re also excited that Adidas and Parley are teaming up with UM to help promote sustainability around the world. Community service has always been an integral part of our football program, and this partnership with Adidas and Parley helps us continue those effort.”