Nike Chicago BHM Panel Discussion Recap

The power of one can inspire millions.

- Diane Latiker (Founder, Kids Off The Block)

At the top of the month, I had the privilege to join Nike Chicago for a private event to kick off Black History Month. It was a panel discussion centered upon sharing past experiences and talking about creating change and uplifting our youth. It’s no secret that Chicago faces many problems of America’s urban cities and the event was a great way to use the inspiration and energy of leaders past toward working together for a brighter future.

The quote above, by founder of Kids Off The Block’s Diane Latiker, is a perfect summation of that. Her positivity was echoed by former SLAM editor-in-chief and current ESPN Chicago columnist Scoop Jackson about the sport that brings many of our youth together: basketball. Scoop even said he “always uses basketball as a metaphor of life”, describing his observations of Chicago as a basketball city that appreciates the game a lot more. I recall him describing how basketball is a hands-on way of learning how to develop friendships, a business mentality, and various social situations, especially in Chicago where everybody plays basketball even if they don’t know how to play basketball. It was really great insight into our culture from someone who has seen it and followed it closely for years.

Joining Diane and Scoop in the discussion was our blogging colleague Andrew Barber of Fake Shore Drive and Na-Tae’ Thompson, co-founder of True Star Magazine The discussion was the main part of the event that also showcased and gifted the attendees with a pair of shoes from Nike’s new BHM sneaker line that has an emphasis on sport royalty. New colorways of the latest LeBrons, Melos, and KDs are now available, and more info and photos in addition to those above in the gallery can be seen here.

All in all, it was a great event to showcase the new line to compliment an uplifting, and timely discussion. Hopefully there will be more to come for the community sooner than later! Thanks to the staff at Nike Chicago.