Tune in a few minutes early for Purdue basketball’s home game against Louisville on Tuesday, and you’ll notice the 14 Boilermakers players wearing long-sleeved black shooting shirts, each with a different word across the front.
The warmup shirts, which the Boilermakers have been wearing all season, seek to promote unity and strength among not just the team but for everyone around them. ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg digs deeper into the shirts’ meaning here.
“These are traits and qualities that we as humans need more of and need to show to others on a daily basis.” pic.twitter.com/ULXWgJc2QB
— Purdue Men’s Basketball (@BoilerBall) November 11, 2017
The idea, according to Rittenberg’s piece, came from Elliot Bloom, Purdue’s director of basketball administration and operations. He typically leads player-only discussions about non-college basketball topics.
With political and racial unrest seeping into sports in recent months, Bloom suggested the Boilermakers take their own stand. From the story:
“The shirts pretty much stand for everything we need in this world right now,” senior forward Vincent Edwards said. “We just wanted to give the message. All the words make you think when you see 14 different players run out with 14 different words on their chest. We don’t want to be people that just keep the world going in this cycle because right now, it seems like we’re reverting back.”
Edwards said Purdue plans to wear the shirts throughout the season.
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