When I first started at Gettysburg College, one of the things I was most excited about was being a member of the Swim Team. After years of hard work, dedication and the permanent smell of chlorine on my skin, I was ready to compete at the collegiate level. Swimming for Gettysburg was great, it was D3 so that meant no double practices (with the exception of our training trip and lifting), a healthy level of competition, and a commitment to keep me focused and on track in my academic life. A lesser known perk, that most Gettysburg athletes would enthusiastically admit to loving, was the school issued sweat pants and sweatshirts from Russell Athletic. They were plain navy with “Gettysburg Athletics” written in white, simple, but the most comfortable sweats I’ve ever worn. What sucked was that we had to return them at the end of each season so that the next crop of athletes could wear them. Heartbreaking if you ask me. 

Luckily, a few weeks ago I was approached by Russell Athletics for a collaboration. Imagine my surprise (and glee!) when I saw that email. It was finally my chance to welcome my favorite sweatshirt back into my life. The best part about this time around though is that I chose a comfortable Men’s Pro10 Fleece Crewneck (size small for those of you wondering) in all black so that I could wear it at home or out and about. Perhaps it’s the sense of nostalgia that comes with it, or maybe it’s just the fact that this is actually the most comfortable sweatshirt ever (must be the cotton). Regardless, I am one happy camper! 

While writing this post, I did some research on Russell Athletic in hopes of gaining a deeper understanding of how and why they created the ultimate sweatshirt. What I learned was that Benjamin Russell, at 26 years old, created the first product (women’s and children’s shirts) of Russell Athletic in 1902 in Alexander City, Alabama. The factory was a small one, housing only 10 sewing machines and 8 knitting machines. Fast forward to 1930 and Russell’s own son approached him with a smart, cotton alternative to the inconvenient and uncomfortable wool jersey’s of the day. Thus, the sweatshirt was born. Today, there are people (not just athletes) all over the world enjoying this ingenious article of clothing, and let’s be honest, with the athleisure trend still hitting hard, sweats are more popular than ever. 

Want to get a Russell Athletic sweatshirt of your own? Good choice. You can buy the one I’m wearing here, or I’d recommend checking out the Men’s and Women’s sections to find the one that speaks to you! As always, follow along on social media and share your favorite sweatshirt look with other comfort lovers using the hashtag #myrussell

*this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own*

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