Adidas has announced that it will offer free design resources to the high schools that agree to drop Native American mascots.
The sportswear company has also offered to help pay for the costs of the changes.
The pledge comes on the same day President Barack Obama is hosting leaders from the 567 federally recognized native tribes in Washington.
The use of Native American mascots and symbolism in sports is at the center of a national debate in the US.
Critics say such imagery is racially offensive and it exploits native people through stereotypes.
Over the past two years around 12 have dropped the mascots and about 20 are considering a change.
Adidas, which will have executives in attendance at the White House Tribal Nations Conference, has also said it will be among the founding members of a coalition that seeks to change Native American mascots in sports.
The initiative would give schools wanting to change their mascot access to the brand’s design team, who would provide logo and uniform design services.
“This remarkable stand against racism by Adidas illustrates that the issue of ending the use of the R-word is not going away, but is instead gaining momentum as people understand the damaging impacts of this racial slur,” said Jackie Pata and Ray Halbritter, leaders with advocacy group Change the Mascot, in a written statement.
The Washington Redskins, the professional American football team located in Washington, has resisted changing its name and logo despite increased criticism in recent years.
“We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER – you can use caps,” said Redskins owner Dan Snyder, in an interview in May 2013.
Supporters of the mascots point to long traditions and say that they highlight the contribution of native people to American society.
In 2005, the governing body of university-level basketball warned teams that they would be subject to penalties if they did not change Native American mascots.
In response, some of the teams, including the Florida State Seminoles, were granted permission to use the names and imagery by tribes.