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Father Ryan Covers Company Logos on Team Uniforms

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One Nashville High School Football team has taken an ethical stand by making an addition to their uniforms.

This year Father Ryan has hoped to make a statement with the team's uniform. It's not to make a fashion statement but an ethical one.

"It's a two thousand year old tradition founded 89 years of history here at Father Ryan," School President Jim McIntyre said.

It was a legacy administrators wanted to honor not only in what they did, but also what they wore.

"What we're doing is we're going logo less," McIntyre said.

Now a patch would cover every company logo on all sporting apparel. It has been a way for the school to stand in solidarity with the workers who make the clothing

"They are forced to work over time," one student said as she described harsh conditions overseas where workers don't make a living wage.

That was the message former athlete turned activist, Jim Keady shared across the country. Keady was at Father Ryan earlier this year and his speech was the catalyst to changes being made.

"I'm 17 years old and we're standing up for people for Cambodia and different countries," another student said.

A stand that does not change the alleged conditions, in fact logos can still be found everywhere on this campus.

"It's a moral struggle definitely," one student explained.

It's not a perfect solution, but administrators said it was a start.

"We are obligated through our own religious beliefs, through our own teachings to educate the young people who have been entrusted to us," McIntyre said. "For us it's a matter of faith. so from that we'll see the next steps to take."

Other schools have been contacting Father Ryan about taking the same stance.

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