Jazz D-League team honors Black History Month with Obama jerseys

U.S. President Barack Obama tosses up a basketball given to him by coach Geno Auriemma (L) while honoring the 2015 NCAA Women's Basketball Champion University of Connecticut Huskies.
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Utah’s D-League affiliate for the Jazz, the Idaho Stampede, took measures to make sure their uniforms properly paid respect to February’s Black History Month.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the Stampede will wear jerseys on Feb. 20 that feature United States President Barack Obama. The choice to honor Obama in Idaho, however, might not exactly be the most popular decision: Obama earned just 36 percent of the vote in Idaho during the 2008 election and 33 percent of the vote during the 2012 election.

Obama received an even-worse 25% of Utah’s votes in 2008, where the Jazz play NBA hoops. He received 34% of Utah’s votes in 2012.     

Other influential leaders who will be honored on jerseys include abolitionist and 19th-century writer Frederick Douglass, as well as iconic poet Maya Angelou. Each figure is considered to be among the most important in American history. Obama, though, will be featured solo on the uniform pants. 

The report explains that the Stampede will honor Earl Lloyd, the NBA’s first African-American basketball player, during the game. 

The team’s website credits artist-engineer Patrick Hunter with the renderings. Other notable figures honored include George Washington Carver, Ray Charles, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackie Robinson and Harriet Tubman. 

Hunter’s original artwork will be displayed at CenturyLink Arena during the game. After the game, the team will auction the uniforms to raise money for the Idaho Black History Museum. To bid on the jerseys, click here.

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