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Florida State thrives in special Native American heritage uniforms

SUNRISE — The Florida State men’s basketball team, ranked 19th in the nation, topped South Florida, 66-60, on Dec. 21 to improve its record to 12-2 while wearing turquoise Nike N7 uniforms to raise awareness for bringing sport to Native American and Aboriginal youth.

The game was played at the BB&T Center in Sunrise as part of the Orange Bowl Classic.

Florida State celebrates after defeating South Florida, 66-60, on Dec. 21 in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise. The Seminoles wore special uniforms in recognition of Native American heritage. (Photo Jeff Romance)

The Seminoles (10-2) also wore the special uniforms in their 80-65 win over Saint Francis in Tallahassee on Nov. 23. This season marks the seventh consecutive season the Seminoles have worn the turquoise uniforms.

Florida State makes a distinct departure from its traditional school colors to don turquoise Nike N7 uniforms to stand for the importance of bringing sport and physical activity to Native American and Aboriginal youth.

Anthony Polite dunks for two of his 11 points in FSU’s win against South Florida. (Photo Jeff Romance)

“The Seminole Tribe of Florida approached us about this program, and we are honored and excited to wear these unique uniforms,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton.

The Seminoles first wore the turquoise uniforms in their 89-61 win over UT-Martin in Tallahassee on Nov. 17, 2013.

Through Nike’s N7 Fund, Nike supports organizations that provide sport and physical activity programming to youth in Native American and Aboriginal communities.

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