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Akron is the only NCAA school whose nickname is Zips. And they've had that nickname — or a longer version, Zippers — for nearly a century. But why?
Why is Akron called the Zips?
In 1927, Akron held a contest to choose a nickname for the school's athletic teams. One suggestion, from student Margaret Hamlin, proposed Zippers, in honor of a rubber overshoe sold by B.F. Goodrich Co., based in Akron. The name was chosen and Hamlin won $10.
In 1950, then-athletics director Kenneth Red Cochrane shortened it to Zips.
One of the more memorable nicknames in intercollegiate athletics — the Zips — belongs to The University of Akron.
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