By Kaamil Adams
For those of you who do not know what the ‘Hijab’ is? Urm…Google it. Jokes! But to put it simply, it is a headscarf worn by Muslims all over the world, and I’m sure you’ve seen it in and around campus. Nike explained in an online opening statement that “The Nike Pro Hijab has been a year in the making, but its impetus can be traced much further back to Nike’s founding mission, to serve athletes, with the signature addendum: If you have a body, You’re an athlete.”
The Hijab breaks new ground within the sporting sphere, but more so with regard to Muslim culture, development and the promotion thereof. Considering the Muslim population is 1.6 billion, it is the second largest religious group in the world. The Hijab without a doubt will influence the participation of Muslim athletes in the various respected sporting fields.
“The final, pull-on design is constructed from durable single-layer Nike Pro power mesh. Nike’s most breathable fabric, the lightweight
polyester features tiny, strategically placed holes for optimal breathability but remains completely opaque, with a soft touch. The mesh
is also stretchy, so when combined with an elastic binding it allows for a personalized fit that adapts to both the wearer’s head and her
With ongoing political and religious unrest in the world, here’s an example of hope through sport. How an innovation can draw people, groups and nations together. Nike, an American trademark last time I checked? Take that Mr. Trump.