adidas has unveiled it’s Black History Month collection inspired by Arthur Ashe. The collection, or what we have seen of it so far, will include the Dame 3, Harden Vol. 1, and Rose 7.
Arthur Ashe was an American World No. 1 professional tennis player who won three Grand Slam titles. To this day, he is still considered one of the greatest athletes to ever play the game of tennis. Throughout the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s Ashe broke down racial barriers; he was the first Black player selected for the United States Davis Cup team and the only Black man to ever win the singles titles at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open.
After publicly announcing that he had contracted HIV in April of 1992, Ashe began working to educate people about HIV and AIDS. He founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before he died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1993. Months later, President Bill Clinton awarded Ashe the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Now, adidas is telling the story of Arthur Ashe will three basketball silhouettes that don predominantly white and grey uppers with colorful inner linings and black accents. All three feature an Arthur Ashe hangtags.
The Harden Vol. 1 ($140), Dame 3 ($115) and D Rose 7 ($140) Arthur Ashe Tribute Collection editions drop January 23 at adidas.com and will be worn on-court by James Harden, Damian Lillard and Derrick Rose in select games throughout Black History Month.
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