Some college basketball teams featured a different look in November and December.
As part of a Nike N7 program, the men’s teams from Florida State, Haskell, Marquette, Nevada, New Mexico, Nevada and Oklahoma State and women’s teams from Haskell, Nevada, Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts and Stanford wore turquoise jerseys and other specially made apparel to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.
FSU wore the jerseys in a 67-43 win against Fordham on Nov. 17 and again in the team’s first loss of the season, a 71-70 setback to Oklahoma State in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on Dec. 16 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. FSU (9-1) was ranked No. 19 in the nation as of the week of Dec. 11. The FSU-OSU game was the only game in December to feature the turquoise jerseys; the other games were held in November, which is Native American Heritage Month.
Nike’s N7 program is in its 10th year. Also, as part of this year’s program teams wore so-called N7 Equality T-shirts in pre-game warmups.
“Our involvement with Nike N7 allows us to help create awareness and to be active in our community,” Brad Hutchins, deputy athletic director at New Mexico, said in a press release.
According to Nike, the N7 program’s mission is to inspire and enable two million Native American and Aboriginal youth in North America to participate in sport and physical activity. The N7 philosophy states that it embraces the Native philosophy: “In every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”