Jan. 3, 2012
The Original Retro Brand apparel line has launched an exclusive UCLA John Wooden vintage t-shirt collection that donates portions of sales to the Nell and John R. Wooden Scholarship Fund. The UCLA Wooden Collection by Original Retro Brand is being officially unveiled in conjunction with UCLA's Wooden Classic game on Jan. 5 at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
The collection features various styles of men's and women's premium tees paired with iconic graphics of well-known Wooden quotes, Wooden's championship wins and images of the coach himself. T-shirts from this special collection can be purchased at UCLABruins.com, the UCLA Store, on site at the Wooden Classic on Jan. 5, as well as at various national retail outlets and online at originalretrobrand.com.
The UCLA Wooden Collection is aimed at the ever-loyal John Wooden fans who continue to honor the image of the deceased coaching legend. The designs for the coveted collection were creatively conceptualized by The Original Retro Brand clothing line, who worked closely with the Wooden Family Trust, IMG, the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), and the UCLA Licensing Department. Each shirt will come equipped with a hang tag that displays Wooden's image and also lets the buyer know that a portion of the proceeds from the special collection support the "Nell and John R. Wooden Scholarship Fund". The scholarship is a reflection of Coach Wooden's values and his life with an emphasis on his love of literature. The scholarship is awarded each year to a deserving UCLA undergraduate.
"We are thrilled at the opportunity to capture the iconic image of one of basketball's most respected and revered coaches in the history of collegiate athletics. Coach Wooden's passion, work ethic and dedication to being a mentor to his players will never be forgotten and is a perfect fit for our brand. We feel that by launching this collection we can continue to celebrate the spirit of Coach Wooden and the impact that he had on the many lives he touched," says Marc Herman, owner of The Original Retro Brand.
UCLA basketball alumnus and close Wooden friend Michael Warren added, "Coach Wooden's memory lives in my heart and will remain there forever. I think it's important that his name and image live in perpetuity, and this exclusive apparel collection will help to do this for generations to come. Coach would have been especially pleased knowing that some of the proceeds from the sale of this clothing line will go to the Nell and John Wooden Scholarship Fund."
Current NBA athlete and UCLA basketball alum Kevin Love commented, "I was fortunate enough to have developed a friendship with Coach Wooden through his later years. The memory of Coach's influence on and off the basketball court still resonates with me to this day. The John Wooden Collection is important in keeping his name alive and present. It is also important to note that proceeds from the collection will go to the Nell and John Wooden scholarship fund."