Nike plans to unveil its spring 2015 N7 apparel collection featuring Yankee centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. The line officially launches Wednesday.
The “Just Do It” company created the dragonfly collection to celebrate Ellsbury’s heritage -- he is the first major league player of Navajo descent -- and “passion for speed.” The printed pattern on the clothing is a replica of the patterned patches on a dragonfly’s wing. Nike told ICTMN that the new N7 collection will feature: N7 Tees, a Windrunner Jacket, Printed Capri and Men's Short.
Nike Free N7 4.0 Flyknit shoe
Nike N7 Print Wing T-shirt
But the story behind Nike’s decision to select the dragonfly’s wing as a trademark on its apparel surfaced because of something Ellsbury’s mother told him as a child: "If you catch a dragonfly without killing it, and rub it on the bottom of your feet, it will make you faster," Ellsbury said, according to Nike. This legend was passed down to Ellsbury’s mother from her father, Ellsbury's grandfather. “As a young kid, I would catch as many dragonflies as I could and rub them on the bottom of my feet, and the rest is history,” he said.
Ellsbury shared this story with his younger brothers, and has told it to Native youth who attend his annual N7 baseball camp in Arizona. “Spring is a time when I’m training my hardest to prepare for the season,” Ellsbury told Nike. “I’m proud of the impact of N7 to inspire others to get moving, and prepare for whatever is ahead of them — in sport or in life.”
Nike N7 Windrunner