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Nike Drops Two New Sneakers To Honor Veterans During College Basketball’s Carrier Classic

Submitted by on November 12, 2011 – 6:08 pmOne Comment

Did you miss the Carrier Classic last night? If so, you missed quite the game. The University of North Carolina—the No. 1 ranked team in the country—took on Michigan State University on a court constructed on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson in San Diego. I personally had never seen anything like it and it’s a tradition that I hope college basketball will continue in order to honor Veteran’s Day.

To commemorate the occasion, Nike designed some special threads and sneakers for the players to wear. Both teams wore uniforms that were created using digital camouflage with “U.S.A.” embroidered on the back of them instead of their last names. They also wore sneakers that incorporated the digital camo design as well to keep their uniforms looking consistent. The Spartans of MSU rocked special digi-camo Nike Hyperzoom 2011 Supreme sneakers, while the Tar Heels of UNC opted for a University Blue edition of the Air Jordan VIII. It was a cool sight to see.

And, the best part? Nike hasn’t limited the kicks to only those players who were on the court last night. They’ve also made both pairs of sneakers available at the online Nike Store. So even if you missed the game, you can still still get in on the action.


It’s worth watching this video of the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson being transformed into a basketball court in the week leading up to the Carrier Classic. Pretty amazing stuff.

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