The Aztecs celebrate during the NCAA selection show. Photo by Ernie Anderson via SDSU News Center

The San Diego State men’s basketball team will wear turquoise uniforms for Monday’s game against Savannah State at Viejas Arena to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.

San Diego State will be wearing the turquoise uniforms in connection with its affiliation with Nike’s N7 program, which seeks to inspire Native American and Aboriginal youth in North America to participate in sport and physical activity.

The program includes an apparel line promoting the capacity of sport to encourage resilience against adversity and the N7 Fund, which funds efforts to improve health and social disparities in tribal communities.

San Diego State’s participation in the N7 program is part of its commitment to improve the education, health and wellness of indigenous communities, which also includes a partnership with Inter Tribal Sports, a Temecula-based nonprofit organization that provides athletic opportunities and values education for Native American youth.

San Diego State is among nine colleges and universities to have its men’s or women’s basketball teams wear turquoise uniforms in November. Others include Stanford, Florida State, Oklahoma State, Gonzaga, Marquette and Lawrence, Kansas-based Haskell Indian Nations University, the nation’s only all- native American university .

The program gets its name from the Native American philosophy, “In every deliberation we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations,” according to Nike.
Turquoise represents harmony, friendship and fellowship in the Native American culture, according to Nike.

—City News Service

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