It might be the world’s number-one dirtiest job: washing athletic uniforms. At most colleges, team gear ranging from chlorine-steeped bathing suits to mud-coated football uniforms has to be cleaned and ready to use again the next day, or sooner. And it’s an enormous task – the University of Wisconsin turns over 10,000 pounds of athletic laundry each week. Efficiency is essential, according to UW athletic department director of equipment Terry Schlatter, and high-density storage is part of the efficiency plan. Schlatter customized his facility’s high-density storage with a variety of hanging racks and shelving designed for the individual needs of each sport. To ensure that each student athlete’s equipment was returned to the right person, an inbox/outbox locker system was added to let students drop off laundry before morning classes and retrieve it in time for an afternoon workout.
It’s something the average sports fan never thinks about, but it’s part of “keeping it clean” in the world of college athletics. Read the full story at: http://bit.ly/1DxU1Vb
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