On any given day, one might see the shirt of one of the college’s athletic teams in an array of colors and a number of sweatshirts, sweat pants and polo shirts sporting the Highland Cavalier logo. One popular color is black, which is worn so often that the average incoming freshman might even be under the impression that black is one of the school’s colors.
As it turns out, it is not. The official colors of UVa-Wise are red and gray.
For several years, black has been seen in several uniforms of the Cavs athletic teams. Even the bookstore sells black Cavalier shirts, among colors like lime green and hot pink.
The question becomes, then, if school spirit is such a big part of college and students don’t even know the school’s colors, what kind of spirit can we even claim?
The UVa-Wise Director of Athletics, Danny Sterling, explained the difficulty in finding the proper shade of gray when the college ordered uniforms.
“We wear a charcoal gray, and Adidas didn’t really offer that color at the time” he said.
He added that the uniforms are intended to be red, the college’s primary color, with some black accents.
Since black was added to some of the uniforms, many alumni have voiced their disapproval of the color scheme.
David Amos, president of the Alumni Association, often hears complaints about the black accents.
“Many of the alumni from the Clinch Valley College do not like the black, he said. “At alumni events, some won’t buy any apparel with the black.”
There is some hope, however, for displeased alumni, as Sterling alluded to the possibility of adding gray to some uniforms.
“Adidas is coming out with a darker gray,” he said. “So, look for uniforms in the spring to reflect that.”