Record-breaking gymnast Simone Biles, champion fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na and other elite athletes also joined Nike in highlighting new partnerships to champion women and girls in sport.
“We believe this summer can be another turning point for the growth of women’s football,” said NIKE, Inc. Chairman, President and CEO Mark Parker. “And our bigger ambition is for that energy and participation to extend into all sports. Nike’s commitment is to continue our leading support of competitive athletes, invest in the next generation at the grassroots level and deliver more innovative and compelling product design for women.”
At the historic Palais Brongniart, Nike revealed an array of future-forward women’s innovation. Design for the 14 National Team Kits began with gathering detailed input on fit from professional footballers, followed by 4-D scanning and motion capture in the Nike Sports Research Lab. Echoing this focus on women’s-specific precision engineering is Nike’s Spring/Summer 2019 high-performance bra collection, which was also on display at the event. Beyond innovations in fit, the National Team Kits also reflect Nike’s continued commitment to being the world’s most sustainable sports brand, with each 2019 Nike Kit constructed from at least 12 recycled plastic bottles. Since 2010, Nike has diverted more than 6 billion plastic bottles from landfills through sustainable product design.
At the event, Nike also announced a new three-year partnership with UEFA Women’s Football, building on its support of elite footballers from North America to China, and its support of standout female athletes worldwide. In basketball, Nike is partnering with the WNBA, FIBA and the Chinese Basketball Association (awaiting confirmation)to grow the women’s game. Meanwhile, at the collegiate level, Nike is partnering with more than 200 universities across the U.S. to support more than 25,000 top female athletes across multiple sports.
At the grassroots level, Nike is addressing barriers to girls’ participation in sport through new community partnerships and access to products to help girls play with confidence. In Paris, Nike is partnering with Sport dans la Ville to train female coaches and engage girls through sports ranging from football and boxing to tennis and dance. Globally, Nike is collaborating with Women Win and Gurls Talk to support rising female coaches who are inspiring the next generation of girls to be active. And from London to Los Angeles, and Beijing to Buenos Aires, Nike is piloting a program to provide products such as the Nike Pro Hijab and Nike Classic Sports Bra to girls in need through schools and community partners worldwide.
Inspiration for these partnerships comes from female athletes who embody strength, power, and the heart and soul of Nike. Throughout 2019, Nike will honor female champions and changemakers through the next phase of its “Just Do It” film series, which has inspired millions of athletes to chase their crazy dreams. This year, Nike’s campaign shines a spotlight on women around the world who have broken barriers, revolutionized sport and helped level the playing field for all. Click here to view the newest chapters in Nike’s “Just Do It” film series, launching this year in key cities across the globe.