Nike is partnering with eight universities across the U.S. to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.
During selected men’s and women’s basketball games throughout this month and next, Nevada, Oklahoma State, Florida State, San Diego State, Gonzaga, New Mexico, Stanford and Haskell Indian Nations University (the country’s only all-native school) will each wear Nike N7-inspired turquoise uniforms. The color turquoise represents harmony, friendship and fellowship in the Native American culture.
The uniforms also complement the Nike N7 Power of Perseverance Collection, which recognizes the movement of sport on Native lands and drives awareness of Native American culture. Launching Nov. 7 at select retail locations, the collection includes men’s and women’s basketball and running apparel and footwear, as well as a collaboration with NBA star Kevin Durant on the KD8 N7 shoe.
Durant, forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, will debut the KD8 N7 on-court this Sunday, Native American Heritage Night, when his team takes on the Phoenix Suns.
Nike first launched N7 in 2007, starting with the Nike Air Native N7 shoe, with the mission of inspiring and enabling the 2 million Native American and Aboriginal youth in North America to participate in sports and physical activity. The N7 collection followed in 2009, helping to build awareness for the N7 Fund, which to date has raised more than $3 million for Native American and Aboriginal youth sport programs.