THE NATIONAL Cotton Council has named Fresh Produce Sportswear, a Boulder, Colo.-based clothing designer, manufacturer and retailer, as its U.S. Cotton Champion for 2003.

The award was presented at the 2003 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in Nashville by the National Cotton Council of America on behalf of its National Cotton Women's Committee. NCWC members modeled Fresh Produce Sportswear's '03 spring line as part of their annual Beltwide cotton fashion show.

The 2003 U.S. Cotton Champion Award recognizes Fresh Produce Sportswear's commitment to the use of U.S.-grown cotton in its clothing.

NCWC officer Charlotte Mathis, who operates “The Cotton Shop” boutique adjacent to a cotton gin she manages in Moultrie, Ga., said her customers love the Fresh Produce Sportswear lines.

“Their clothing is comfortable, has neat colors and is made of quality U.S. cotton, which helps preserve the garment's colorfastness,” she said.