BHM celebrates the athletes and African-American youth leaders who are harnessing the power of sport and making a positive change in their communities.
Meet the members of the Future Varsity program – a six-month program created to support leaders in African-American communities using sport to inspire change.
Applying the lessons he learned from basketball, Keith Taylor started WeAreInspo, an organization that brings together young people of color and creates a space for collaboration across creative outlets like art, fashion, music and more. Originally from Brooklyn, NY—but currently pursuing his degree at Drexel University—Keith’s first love was basketball. While he was playing, Keith took an interest in fashion and the culture of basketball. He continues to pursue his passion in the field of smart textiles and functional fabrics, and uses his personal experience to inspire others in his community.
“I’m striving to empower young African Americans to educate themselves, and help them become creators.”– Keith Taylor
Find out more about the other Youth Leaders that are using sport to promote change within their communities.
Future Varsity is a program designed to support, empower and enable youth leaders who are using sport to stand up for values, of equality, diversity and inclusion in their communities. We invite you to submit nominations for the next program.
Log in or create a NikePlus account to nominate a youth leader you know using sport to elevate their community.
Nike is proud to support numerous national and local organizations that provide services to underrepresented youth, including African-American youth, during the year, through mentorship, leadership development, coaching, city league sport programs, and other community initiatives.
The leading national organization in ensuring quality youth mentoring relationships, Nike has supported MENTOR to raise the profile of mentoring and expand into new parts of the U.S., connecting more volunteers to mentoring opportunities in their local communities.
Since 2017, PeacePlayers, with Nike’s support, has established programs in Brooklyn, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles bringing young people together through the power of sport.