Listen.These are the voices of our athletes.Athletes taking the platform their sport hasgiven them and using it to betterthe communities they represent.Athletes speaking up to inspireall 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 forchange until we all win.
Listen.These are the voices of our athletes.Athletes taking the platform their sport has given themand 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.
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 of the Detroit Pistons 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
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
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
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.
Equality Ambassador | The Bennett Foundation
MB: We gotta believe, we gotta have that faith and hope it will change.
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.
IM: What I wanted more than anything in that moment was to show people the potential of a Muslim woman.