As Native American Heritage Month kicks off, so soon approaches Florida State Seminoles basketball season — a month that’s been intertwined since 2013, when FSU first donned the turquoise N7 uniforms designed to pay homage to the relationships between different tribes and universities associated with them.
From a 2018 Nike press release:
For the last seven years, turquoise jerseys have graced courts across college basketball as part of Nike N7 and its celebration of Native American Heritage Month. As the partnership between Nike N7 and select collegiate programs enters its eighth season, the color turquoise — the color of fellowship in Native culture — has developed its own legacy among these schools and their local communities, and that’s about more than just an eye-catching uniform.
“It started with schools wanting to work together with Nike N7 to celebrate Native American Heritage Month,” says Sam McCracken, general manager of Nike N7. “It gives them an opportunity to celebrate and support their local tribal communities, to which each program has a distinct, unique connection. The integration of the turquoise uniform is something that makes the opportunity special for their players and their fans.”
“It’s taken on a life of its own in these communities,” says Flanagan. “Everyone knows the Nike N7 uniform. Everyone looks forward to us wearing it. And a lot of people show up to the games.”
FSU dropped a video celebrating its part in the month, encouraging fans to do their part in being active participants in engaging with Native American culture, history and traditions as well as announcing that, at long last, the N7 uniforms will go on sale.
The school later announced that they would be available beginning Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m.