Inspired by a group based in Toronto that promotes Muslim women in sports, the branded hijabs feature The Raptors’ clawed basketball logo on the right side, while a Swoosh insignia is emblazoned on the left. Along with the introduction of the sportswear item, Nike debuted a campaign video showcasing a group of Muslim women playing basketball.
In the campaign, one athlete says, “It goes back to my experience as an athlete. Growing up, I didn’t have so many role models that looked like me.” The video continues, adding, “It’s about Muslim females not having to give up their identity or feeling like they have to sacrifice some portion of their identity, but also still play whatever sport they want.” According to national data from 2011, over 400,000 Muslims live in the Toronto area.
The Toronto Raptors Nike Pro Hijab is available now at Toronto’s RealSports retail location. Stay tuned for a wider release.
In more sports-related news, Paris Saint-Germain goes retro for its 2019/20 third kit.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) September 13, 2019
- The New York Times
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