It’s the 10th year of Nike’s N7 program, and in addition to partnering with 10 collegiate basketball programs to celebrate Native American Heritage Month with N7 turquoise uniforms and other N7 apparel and footwear, each team will also be given a new N7 EQUALITY tee that they are allowed to wear on the hardwood during pre-game warm-ups.
The tee's lettering is made up of a feathered graphic that was inspired by an eagle’s wings, which is a sacred symbol in Indian Country that represents courage, wisdom and strength.
Haskell Indian Nations University (the only all-Native American school in the country), Nevada, San Diego State, New Mexico, Florida State, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Oral Roberts (shown below, clockwise from top left) will wear new versions of the N7 turquoise uniforms during select men's and women’s basketball games throughout November and into December (you can see the schedule below).
“ORU is proud to associate with N7," says Scott Higgins, Senior Associate Athletic Director at Oral Roberts University. "It's great to be able to play this game honoring Native American heritage.”
Brad Hutchins, Deputy Athletic Director at New Mexico, echoes the sentiment, saying, "Our involvement with Nike N7 allows us to help create awareness and to be active in our community.”
Turquoise represents harmony, friendship and fellowship in Native American culture.
11/13: Oklahoma State
11/14: New Mexico
11/17: Florida State
11/17: San Diego State
11/20: Oklahoma State
11/27: Marquette (will wear the Nike N7 Jordan SuperFly only)
11/29: Oklahoma State
12/16: Florida State
11/14: Oklahoma State
11/18: New Mexico
11/20: Oral Roberts
The 10th participant program, Fort Lewis College in Colorado, won’t wear a turquoise uniform but will be given the EQUALITY shirt.
The N7 EQUALITY tee and the Nike N7 collection, which includes apparel and footwear such as the Jordan Super.Fly 2017 N7 and the Nike Air Footscape N7, are on sale now on nike.com and at select Nike stores.
N7 is Nike’s long-time commitment and mission to inspire and enable 2 million Native American and Aboriginal youth in North America to participate in sport and physical activity. The N7 philosophy embraces the Native philosophy: “In every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”
The N7 collection considers the lasting impact our decisions have on the planet and embodies Nike’s commitment to sustainable innovation by creating product engineered for superior athletic performance and lower environmental impact.
After nearly a decade of partnership with Native American and Aboriginal communities across North America to support programs aimed at physically active lifestyles, Nike deepened its connections with these communities in 2007 with the launch of N7 beginning with the Nike Air Native N7 shoe. The N7 Collection followed in 2009 to celebrate Native American and Aboriginal culture and to raise awareness for the N7 Fund. To date, the N7 Fund has awarded $4.6 million in grants to 200 communities and organizations, reaching more than 400,000 youth.
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