Columbus Clippers fans got a surprise on July 25 when a flash mob rushed the field to debut the 2012 Team Huntington Pelotonia jersey.
The jersey was designed by two CCAD seniors in Fashion Design, Dahui (Danny) Li and Nina Rehner. The original class project was open to students in the Advertising & Graphic Design and Fashion Design majors, with 22 students submitting design proposals.
Officials from Huntington Bank had a tough choice and decided on not one, but two students’ designs, asking them to work together and combine both of their concepts. Li and Rehner were thrilled to create the jersey as a team, incorporating Li’s overall graphics and theme and Rehner’s approach to the fabric and shape.
The jerseys have a sleek design, that incorporates the bank’s brand colors: green and white, with orange acting as an accent. On the back panel of the jerseys Li proposed writing the question, ‘who are you riding for?’
“Huntington’s new Pelotonia jersey allows riders to circle who they ride for on the back of the jersey,” noted Li. “Words like ‘husband, mother, and friend’ motivate participants to compete, and the design expresses the notion that we’re all affected by cancer in some way.”
Rehner brought a new design structure to the 2012 jersey. In previous designs, the jersey fabric weighted down riders in the summer heat. This year the light weight fabric cools the rider and keeps sweat from soaking into the shirt. Rehner’s paneled design won Huntington over by making the shirt more fitted and sharp looking.
“The new jersey design reminds people why they are riding,” said Rehner. “It’s a great design that adds memory to the event, and makes the riders feel proud to be part of Pelotonia.”
“The enthusiasm of the fans, and the energy in the ballpark and on the field, reflects the growing momentum for Pelotonia support, not just at Huntington, but also within the Columbus community,” said Mary Navarro, director of retail and business banking at Huntington.
Pelotonia is a three-day bike ride where riders run their own fundraising campaign, requesting donations from friends and family. One hundred percent of all funds raised directly support cancer research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center—James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Over the past three years, riders have raised more than $25 million for cancer research.
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