Friday, February 8, 2019

KU basketball teams to play in Harlem Renaissance-inspired uniforms

Special edition Harlem Renaissance uniforms for Kansas men's and women's basketball teams.

Special edition Harlem Renaissance uniforms for Kansas men's and women's basketball teams.


With a day-night basketball twinbill slated for Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, both the University of Kansas men’s and women’s teams will pay homage to Black History Month with special edition Harlem Renaissance uniforms created by Adidas.

The jerseys and shorts were designed with features said to encapsulate the 1920’s, when the Harlem Renaissance fostered black cultural identity and inspired people to who took part in the movement to change stereotypes about the black community.

The Adidas uniforms, being worn by 11 schools nationwide, reference ballrooms, because the Harlem Rens (also known as the Renaissance Big Five), an all-black professional basketball team created in the early 1920's, played its home games on a local ballroom dance floor.


Ballroom short for KU Harlem Renaissance uniforms.

The KU men’s team plays host to Oklahoma State at 11 a.m., and the KU women’s team takes on Texas at 7 p.m.

A limited number of replica shorts and jerseys are available at select retail partners, including Rally House—Allen Fieldhouse, and the KU Bookstore. 


Josh Galler 2 years, 8 months ago

and the Globetrotters are in town for 3 games this weekend in KC and Independence too

Bryce Landon 2 years, 8 months ago

This is one of the ugliest alternates I have ever seen. Also, do we really want to wear an alternate against OSU? How did it work out for us wearing an alternate jersey at home against OSU last season?

Martin Rosenblum 2 years, 8 months ago

At this point, we could wear purple unis and I wouldn't care as long as we won! I doubt if the players truly play differently once they get a sweat going regardless of what they're wearing. However, saying that, the "road" blue is not our friend this year apparently!

Greg Ledom 2 years, 8 months ago

I think there pretty cool as well. The top especially.

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