We’ve all seen the bumper sticker for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, the exclusive Fairfax County school for the intellectually talented: “Jefferson. We came for the sports.” Pretty funny.
But not only has Jefferson done some actual winning in sports (state champs in soccer, swimming, tennis in recent years), it is on the verge of winning $140,000 in uniforms, shoes and other gear from Under Armour, the company that has attracted, um, attention for outfitting the University of Maryland football team.
It’s basically a nationwide school spirit competition conducted by Under Armour, in which schools must accomplish tasks large (“Vanquish an archrival”) and small (“photo of the school sign”) and collect votes. Of more than 900 schools participating, Jefferson is currently second behind only Mainland Regional High School of Linwood, N.J.
Junior Christine Galloway has been leading the effort, along with Shawn DeRose, director of student activities and athletics. Galloway said the school held a special pep rally to yell the Under Armour slogan for points, and had seniors run through a banner with the Under Armour logos on it, again for more points. Kinda like holding up a “Sports Center is Next” sign at an ESPN-televised event, I guess.
But any school can use $140,000 of new free gear. The voting ends Dec. 15, so you can go here to vote daily (which is legal).