Apparel brand Roots of Fight is honoring legendary Native American athlete and Olympian Jim Thorpe with a new collection. This new collection of five apparel pieces was designed in partnership with Native American actor Martin Sensmeier, and a portion of proceeds will benefit The Native Wellness Institute.
Born in the Oklahoma Territory, Jim Thorpe learned to run on the plains. In Stockholm, in 1912, Thorpe became the first Native American to win gold medals in the Olympic Games. He did so in the pentathlon and the decathlon, even while wearing a pair of mismatched shoes that he found after his own were stolen. Derailed? Not “Wa-Tho-Huk,” his native name that meant “Bright Path.” Thorpe shined on. Record breaker. Trailblazer. Legend.
For this collection celebrating the great Jim Thorpe, Roots of Fight is proud to partner with Native American actor Martin Sensmeier — of the Tlingit/Koyukon-Athabascan tribes — who has taken the lead as the creative director for this Jim Thorpe collection.
A portion of the proceeds will go to The Native Wellness Institute, a non-profit organization, a leading social services resource that works with native communities across the U.S. and promotes the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of North America’s indigenous people. The goal of the Native Wellness Institute is to continue bringing about positive changes in the lifestyles, relationships, education and overall wellness of Native Americans.
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