University of New Hampshire sent us an image of their new King III gloves and boy did they set the bar high! The Brine gloves have a White colorway, UNH Blue King Brine logo center and a Gray King Brine pattern throughout the glove. The cuff is the most impressive part. Embroidered on the cuff is the school’s official mascot, Wildcat. Next to it, New Hampshire’s state motto “Live Free or Die.”
“Live Free or Die” is the official motto of the U.S. state of New Hampshire, adopted by the state in 1945. It is possibly the best-known of all state mottos, partly because it speaks to an assertive independence historically found in American political philosophy and partly because of its contrast to the milder sentiments found in other state mottos.
The phrase comes from a toast written by General John Stark on July 31, 1809. Poor health forced Stark, New Hampshire’s most famous soldier of the American Revolutionary War, to decline an invitation to an anniversary reunion of the Battle of Bennington. Instead, he sent his toast by letter:
Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.
The motto was enacted at the same time as the state emblem, on which it appears.
UNH has shown a great deal of pride with their gloves. We hope to see more teams do the same.