Muslim Girls in Minneapolis Design Their Own Basketball Uniforms

In Minneapolis, the Cedar Riverside girls’ community basketball team had a big problem. As Muslim women wearing hijab, their clothes tend to get in the way of the action on the basketball court. It was difficult to both wear a hijab and play basketball. Of course they needed a solution!

So the girls have made new uniforms they designed themselves to be abide by their norms, while allowing them to play uninhibited. They got help from the students at the University of Minnesota College of Design and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport.

On Wednesday June 10, 2015, the uniforms where officially unveiled at a fashion show event at the University’s campus: the new uniforms consist of a long-sleeve tunic top, a flexible skirt, leggings and a tighter hijab, Minnesota Daily reports. They are made of a breathable fabric. The hijab is fastened in place with Velcro for added safety.

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The uniforms were made to block from the gym at Mosque Shafici, where university design students worked at sewing machines alongside community volunteers for four weeks in April, according to the Star-Tribune. When the girls modeled prototypes of the designs they made they had a great feedback from parents and the community members.

Source: The Huffington Post

Written by Soufyan Harraoui

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Soufyan Harraoui is 19 years old and interested in everything that is related to computer science. He also loves writing poetry and taking photographs.