Target: Mark Parker, Nike CEO
Goal: Applaud Nike for designing a hijab for female Muslim athletes.
Nike recently announced their plans to release a Pro Hijab for female Muslim athletes in the spring of 2018. The hijab is expected to cost around $35, will be made from lightweight materials and will be available in three different colors (gray, black and obsidian).
Female Muslim athletes have struggled in the past to find comfortable headpieces that will not slow them down or distract them. Although it is becoming more and more common for female Muslim athletes to wear their hijabs during their respective sports, there has also been a continuous struggle surrounding bans. It wasn’t until just a few years ago that FIFA lifted its ban on religious headgear. This move by Nike is another huge step in the right direction for Muslim athletics and for general inclusivity in the professional sports industry.
The product has already been in development for a year and has been tested by athletes including Zahra Lari. Lari is from Abu Dhabi and is a hopeful for the Winter Olympics next year in South Korea. It was also tested by runner, Manal Rostom of Dubai and weight lifter, Amna Al Haddad from the United Arab Emirates.
This isn’t the first move Nike has made to represent their Muslim customers. Previously, they’ve opened more stores in the Middle East and have even launched a training app in Arabic. Sign this petition to thank Nike for their inclusivity and to thank them for recognizing Muslim athletes.
Dear Mark Parker,
I am writing to thank you and Nike for your efforts in recognizing female Muslim athletes with your new Pro Hijab design. Female Muslim athletes have struggled in the past with different bans that have prohibited them from wearing their headpieces. I believe this design will help show people that the hijab is not a problem and that the female Muslim athlete should always be permitted to wear one.
In addition, your work with athletes like Zahra Lari, Manal Rostom and Amna al Haddad speaks on behalf of your inclusivity.
I know Nike previously launched an Arabic version of your training app and that the company has been expanding in the Middle East — I would like to commend you for that as well.
I wish your company nothing but success with the release of the Pro Hijab in 2018 and look forward to seeing what steps you take in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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