This Sunday the Oregon State University basketball team will be sporting a new look on the court. In partnership with Nike N7, OSU unveiled the new uniforms for Sundayâ€™s game. The uniforms are part of the Nike N7 campaign to create awareness and access to Native American and Aboriginal youth in sports.
In a break from the traditional orange and black, these new uniforms are turquoise which is represents friendship and community in Native American cultures. The uniforms were also designed with the environment in mind. Using recycled polyester, every jersey and short combination is made from 32 recycled water bottles. These new uniforms will be worn on Sundayâ€™s game in honor of Native American Heritage month.
“N7 is about creating access to sport for Native American and Aboriginal youth, and I believe our partnership with OSU men’s basketball is an incredibly impactful way to get the word out,” said Sam McCracken, General Manager of the Nike N7 program in North America, at the unveiling at Oregon State this morning. “Basketball is the most popular game among youth on native lands. Our goal is create awareness–both inside and outside Native communities–for the need to inspire all youth in these communities to lead physically active lifestyles and be a force for positive change in generations to come.”
“It is a little outside of the box for us, but it’s for such a great and important initiative,” Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson said. “I came to this because I was looking for something to support. Everyone’s out there, and this is no slight to the Coaches vs. Cancer or many of the other things that are out there, but I wanted something that was meaningful given my heritage of being an American and being an African American, and wanting to embrace that ethos of looking back and learning from your past and moving forward and adding to the footprint.”
If you want to see these new uniforms for yourself check out the OSU vs. Texas Southern game this Sunday, November 21st at 4:30pm at Gill Coliseum. The first 500 fans and first 1,000 Oregon State students to enter the game will receive a free Nike N7 t-shirt!