The University of Nevada women’s basketball team will become the first women’s team nationally to partner with Nike N7 this Saturday when it hosts New Mexico State at 2 p.m. for its annual Native American Pride Day at Lawlor Events Center, according to a press release issued by the University. Nike N7’s stated commitment is “to bring sport and all its benefits to Native American and Aboriginal communities in North America through the N7 fund, collection and program,” their website states. The University of Nevada was a natural fit to work with N7 due to the strong American Indian community in Northern Nevada.
“We are honored to partner with the University of Nevada through Nike N7 to raise awareness for the need to create access to sport for all Native American youth,” said Sam McCracken, General Manager of the Nike N7 program in North America in the school’s press release. “Basketball is the most popular sport for young people on Native lands all across the country, and we are inspired by the commitment of Coach Albright and the University of Nevada to join us in celebrating the potential of Native American youth and how sport and physical activity can empower them to be a force for positive change in their communities.”
Nevada will showcase its partnership with Nike N7 by wearing shoes and warm-up shirts from the Nike N7 collection when it plays the Aggies. There will also be traditional dances performed by representatives from local-area reservations, both before the game and during halftime. Attendees will also be given a free ticket to the women’s game against Louisiana Tech game on Monday night at 7 p.m.
U. of Nevada Wolfpack Head coach Jane Albright is donating $1 to the N7 fund for each fan who attends the game. The university is hoping to secure other donors who will match Albright’s generosity to the Native American community.
“I am very excited about this opportunity, and feel that it is important to support Native American culture and communities,” Albright said in the press release. “With senior captain Tahnee Robinson one of very few Native American women playing DI women’s basketball, I’ve become even more aware of the Native American community and want to do whatever we can to be involved in honoring and supporting the culture of the reservations of the Northern Nevada area and throughout the U.S. We did this for the first time last year, and it was great. I’m really looking forward to it again, and the added element of what Nike N7 brings makes it really amazing.”