Nike aims to create equal opportunities for athletes from every community, and the Nike N7 Collection is no different, honoring the Native American and Indigenous communities. The iconic company has set out to honor and recognize these communities through customized footwear and apparel and it awards millions of dollars in grants to help the Native American and Indigenous youth participate in physical activity programs and sports.
Between 2009 and 2021, Nike has contributed more than $8 million in grants to over 270 organizations and communities. Administered by the Charities Aid Foundation of America, Nike has championed youth athletes for more than a decade. With the release of the Nike N7 Collection, 13 more organizations will receive a total of $625,000 in 2022.
The Nike N7 Collection is a fun, colorful collection that explores the cultural importance of basketball to the Native peoples. The Air Max95, Crater Trail Moc, and Kyrie 5 Low shoes are reinvented as part of the collection; each pair is constructed with traditional weaving techniques that are used to create traditional ribbon skirts that are worn during special ceremonies and events. The apparel collection continues to celebrate Native American art and traditions with the N7 NSW Club Crew, N7 DNA Short, N7 NSW Max 90 Tee, and N7 NSW Jumpsuit. Vibrant pastels dress the apparel and feature a collection motif saying, “In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the next seven generations.”
Inspired by the Native American wisdom passed through generations, the Nike N7 Collection is geared toward inclusiveness and awareness surrounding these wonderfully diverse communities. The new N7 collection is set for release in the United States and Canada on June 21. Expect to see the collection at Nike and Hibbett retail stores as well as online at nike.com.
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