Nike Basketball has teamed with Mercy Corps and Architecture for Humanity with the hopes of raising money for Haiti. Nike Basketball’s designers worked with the children of Forest Park, Florida to create various designs that will be used on different t-shirts with the proceeds going to either the Mercy Corps or Architecture for Humanity. The t-shirts are $25 each and are available now on NikeStore.
Shortly after the earthquake devastated Haiti, four Nike Basketball designers flew from Nike’s World Headquarters in Oregon to Dade County, Florida at the invitation of teachers and administrators from Forest Park Elementary School, where 60 percent of the children are of Haitian descent. Many of the children’s extended families were impacted directly or indirectly by the earthquake.
The designers worked with 300 children from Forest Park to create artwork that sends a message of hope, love and empathy to the Haitian people.
The unique designs will be captured on T-shirts that will be sold for $25 each through Nike retail locations, including physical Nike stores and nikestore.com, with proceeds going to one of Nike’s two partners in the Haitian relief effort: Mercy Corps and Architecture for Humanity. They will first be available leading up to the NBA All-Star Game taking place the weekend of February 12 to February 14.
The T-shirt design features two hands reaching out to one another and the Creole passage Kinbé Pa Lagé (ken-BEH pah lah-GEH) which, translated, means “Hold on tight. Don’t let go.”