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Listen. These are the voices of our athletes. Athletes taking the platform their sport has given them and using it to better the communities they represent. Athletes speaking up to inspire all of us to act. To inspire all of us to get involved. To inspire all of us to create change. We're here to make sure that their voices – and every voice – are heard every time. Listen. Equality isn't a game. But achieving it will be the greatest victory. That's why we're committed to fighting for change until we all win.

Listen. These are the voices of our athletes. Athletes taking the platform their sport has given them and using it to better the communities they represent. Athletes speaking up to inspire all of us to act. To inspire all of us to get involved. To inspire all of us to create change. We're here to make sure that their voices – and every voice – are heard every time. Listen. Equality isn't a game. But achieving it will be the greatest victory. That's why we're committed to fighting for change until we all win.

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Warriors at Play

Warriors at Play

Equality Ambassador

In celebration of International Women's Day, meet the young women of Brooklyn playing soccer on their own terms to create a new vision for their future.

Brooklyn, NY is home to almost 3 million people, many with roots in the Caribbean and Latin America, each with their own story. On playground fields and indoor pitches across the borough, young women from these communities are showing their power by playing the game their way to create a new vision for their future. In the spirit of our Equality initiative, we've partnered with Girls Inc. to empower young women through the power of sport, bring people together, and inspire action.

Carmelita Jeter

Carmelita Jeter

Equality Ambassador

Growing up in Torrance, CA, Carmelita Jeter was a natural talent, but off the track, was less disciplined. A successful running career in high school presented her with college prospects, but low grades almost threatened to take her out of the game.

With a refocus on the future, Jeter earned her college degree while cementing her place in the world of Track and Field. Eventually, she would grab the second fastest 100m time and the nickname, “Fastest Woman Alive.” Her professional career now behind her, Jeter stays connected to her community with the LA Jets, knowing that sport has the ability to change lives.

“I believe when I’m coaching or mentoring someone, is I want you to leave me with a little more heart, a little more drive, a little more something,“ said Jeter.

While the LA Jets are known for its athletic dominance, their coaches emphasize that there are almost just as many academic achievements. With a focus on equality and building character. Every warm up, every practice, and every track meet are an equal playing field. “No matter who you are, where you come from or how much money your parents make, the L.A. Jets Coaches will treat you the same as everyone else,” said Coach Sanoma, an LA Jets alumna and coach for the past 21 years.

Sanoma and Coach Woods, the founder of the Jets, work towards creating opportunities for all kids to be in sport, free of worry, financial situations, or lack of equipment. At its core, the LA Jets are bigger than just a community of runners: they’re a family.

Tobias Harris

Tobias Harris

Equality Ambassador

Tobias Harris of the Los Angeles Clippers sees the larger community as an extension of his team and consistently finds ways to give back off court. He uses his role as an athlete to make a positive impact on the next generation, graciously giving his time to forge meaningful connections with kids through sport and mentorship.

As an Equality Ambassador, Tobias lends his support to PeacePlayers, a global organization recognized for connecting youth in divided communities through sport.

PeacePlayers is using basketball in Detroit, Brooklyn and Baltimore as a means to bring youth together to strengthen their communities. Tobias proudly joins PeacePlayers to show that if we can play together we can live together.

Dorothy Gaters

Dorothy Gaters

Equality Ambassador

In 1976 (8 years after the race riots and only 4 years after Title IX), Coach Gaters came back to Marshall HS to join the Girls Varsity Basketball coaching staff. She has been the coach for the past 41 years and boasts a resume that most coaches would die for. She is the winningest coach in the state of Illinois, regardless of race and gender. She has given countless students the opportunity to go to college and beyond, and most of her all female coaching staff are former players.

16 years ago, in honor of Dr. King, Coach Gaters started the MLK Dream Classic hosting 68 boys’ and girls’ teams. The tournament still runs to this day over MLK Weekend, but has since eroded to about 38 teams due to limited resources. Coach Gaters is committed to making sure this event becomes a staple of her legacy to unite all people through sport no matter race, gender, color, or creed because she believes basketball doesn’t build character it reveals it.

Dorothy Gaters

Jonathan Johnsongriffin

Equality Ambassador

Reviving the roots of the annual Black History Month celebration, the 2018 BHM collection calls back to the origin of the collections '05 inception with each shoe repping the colors of the Pan African flag. The vision from Nike Creative Director Jonathan Johnsongriffin was clear, “how can we inspire and impact on a great scale, and how can we empower on a greater scale?” Beginning in 2005 with the release of the now classic triple white AF1 colorway combined with the Pan African flag, the BHM Collection has evolved into a cross sport platform, with an aim to inspire, impact, and empower. It became a platform to not only better communities, but also celebrate people of color, be on the ground with youth, and create an impact on a national and global scale. The BHM Program empowers underserved youth by supporting charitable initiatives that leverage the power of sport.

A portion of each shoe’s proceeds goes toward funding programs through Nike’s Ever Higher Fund. As Johnsongriffin states, “The Ever Higher Fund is a great asset because people can apply for grants. It allows people to do the right size sort of program in their neighborhood and community.” The 2018 BHM Collection is available in the SNKRS APP on 1/15.

Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett

Equality Ambassador | The Bennett Foundation

MB: We gotta believe, we gotta have that faith and hope it will change.

Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe

Equality Ambassador | Common Goal

MR: It's about not being afraid to be who you are, not being afraid to have passion that you want to explore, not being afraid to be open to other cultures.

Ibtihaj Muhammad

Ibtihaj Muhammad

Equality Ambassador

IM: What I wanted more than anything in that moment was to show people the potential of a Muslim woman.

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