Nevada to Partner with Nike N7 for Native American Heritage Month
Nov. 7, 2011
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada will partner with Nike N7 as part of its celebration of Native American Heritage Month this November.
Nike N7 is Nike's commitment to bring sport and all of its benefits to Native American and Aboriginal communities in North America through the N7 Fund, collection and program.
The Wolf Pack will help raise awareness about the Nike N7 program and show support to the Native American communities in northern Nevada by celebrating Native American Heritage Month at four events this month: the Nov. 10 volleyball match vs. Utah State, the Nov. 17 men's basketball game vs. Pacific, the Nov. 19 football game vs. Louisiana Tech and the Nov. 25 women's basketball game vs. Butler in the Nugget Classic.
"It's an honor for Nike N7 to partner with the University of Nevada for its celebration of Native American Heritage Month," said Sam McCracken, General Manager of Nike N7. "N7 exists to help improve the health and wellness of Native communities by bringing access to sport and physical activity to all of its people, with a focus on youth. Our now second annual partnership with Nevada for Native American Heritage Month is a tradition we are proud to continue, and we are excited to see the university expand their effort beyond the women's basketball team to this year include football, volleyball and men's basketball."
As part of its partnership with Nike N7, the Wolf Pack will wear various clothing items and accessories in turquoise, the color of friendship, during the events. The volleyball and men's basketball teams will wear turquoise warm-up shirts and shoelaces, while the Nevada women's basketball team will also wear N7 Air Max Destiny shoes from the Nike N7 collection during the Nugget Classic. Nevada's coaches will wear Nike N7 LunarGlide+ 3 shoes during the events, and the Wolf Pack football team, cheerleaders and marching band will be sporting turquoise accessories.
The first 500 fans into Lawlor Events Center for the first game in the Nugget Classic will receive an exclusive free Nike N7 T-shirt.
Nevada is providing a flier for free tickets to all four games to members enrolled in northern Nevada's Native American tribes. The games will also feature Native American national anthem singers and color guards as well as traditional dances performed by representatives from local-area reservations.
In addition, the Native American Student Organization, and the Center for Student Cultural Diversity and Nevada Athletics will be offering a presentation by McCracken about Nike N7 on the University of Nevada campus at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7 in the theater at the Joe Crowley Student Union. The presentation is free and open to the public.
"We are so honored to be partnering with Nike N7 again this year to help raise awareness about the great work the Nike N7 Fund is doing. We are also delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate and honor the Native Americans who are so important to the northern Nevada community," Nevada Director of Athletics Cary Groth said.
This season marks Nevada's second year partnering with Nike N7 after the Wolf Pack women's basketball team highlighted the fund, collection and program at its Native American Pride Night last February.
The University of Nevada officially announced this year's partnership with Nike N7 on Monday, Nov. 7 with a press conference at the Nike Factory Store located at the Legends at Sparks Marina. That store is carrying the Holiday 2011 Nike N7 Collection and features former Wolf Pack star Tahnee Robinson in its displays. Robinson, who is enrolled with the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana and is Eastern Shoshone, Pawnee and Sioux as well, is now serving as an athlete ambassador for Nike N7 and is currently playing professional basketball in Israel.
Tickets are available for all four events during Native American Heritage Month by visiting or calling the Wolf Pack ticket office at Lawlor Events Center at (775) 348-PACK or going online at www.NevadaWolfPack.com.
Wolf Pack fans can receive a flier for $2 tickets for the featured events with the purchase of an item from the Nike N7 collection at the Nike Factory Store in Sparks.
About Nike N7 Nike N7 is committed to bringing sport and all of its benefits to Native American and Aboriginal communities in North America. For more than 10 years, N7 has engaged Native communities in the U.S. and Canada in health promotion and disease prevention through various programs by providing inspiration and tools to help individuals lead physically active, healthy lifestyles.
In 2009, Nike N7 launched the N7 Fund and the Nike N7 Collection. The N7 Fund awards grants to Native American and Aboriginal grassroots sport and fitness programs for youth and has raised more than $1 million since it began. The Nike N7 collection is designed with inspiration from Native American culture and embodies Nike's Considered Design ethos, which creates performance product that is engineered for superior athletic performance and lower environmental impact. Nike supports the N7 Fund through a portion of profits from sales of Nike N7 collection and the Nike N7 Air Native. The N7 Fund also receives private donations.
The Holiday 2011 Nike N7 Collection launches November 3, 2011 at Nike retail locations in the United States and Canada, including the Nike Factory Store located at the Legends at Sparks Marina, and on www.niken7.com. The "Modern Warrior" collection highlights a new graphic featuring three arrows pointing back and four arrows pointing forward to represent the inspiration of the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy, which says, "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." Nike N7 athlete ambassadors Alvina Begay (long-distance runner), Kenny Dobbs (slam-dunk innovator) and Tahnee Robinson (former University of Nevada standout and now professional basketball player) will also be featured in the Holiday 11 campaign to tell the Modern Warrior story at retail.
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