How committed are the Idaho Stampede to honoring Black History Month? As it turns out, very.
In a stylish symbol of its solidarity, the Utah Jazz's NBA D-League team will pay homage to the four-week celebration by donning jerseys emblazoned with notable African-American figures—namely President Barack Obama, Frederick Douglass and Maya Angelou.
According to the team's official release by Aubrie Warkentien, the artistic portraits, vividly rendered against a nearly all-black background, are the work of Patrick Hunter.
Along with the aforementioned figures, Hunter created depictions of Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Ray Charles, Coretta Scott King and George Washington Carver—all of whom will also be displayed.
But the recognition doesn't stop at the top. Idaho players will be playing in matching shorts, also featuring a distinguished leader.
Fans can expect to see these ensembles come to life on the court February 20 when the Stampede take on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and the team will auction the jerseys in support of the Idaho Black History Museum.