4 Things To Do With Your Nike Gear Other Than Burning It

4 Things To Do With Your Nike Gear Other Than Burning It

Just—don't—do it.

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In celebration of Nike's 30th anniversary of its "Just Do It" slogan, the company unveiled the new face of this year's marketing campaign, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. This move has been controversial, to say the least, and has literally sparked controversy across the country.

For those of you who don't know—AKA for those of you living under a rock—in 2016 Kaepernick started kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality, racism and social injustice, which in turn resulted in other players to follow suit, and it marked the end of Kaepernick's career. Colin Kaepernick is arguably the most divisive American athlete of this generation, hence why there has been such an uproar.

I am not here to tell you my opinion on this matter, or to try to convince you why you're right or wrong. I am just here throwing out some better ideas for those of you considering burning, cutting up or destroying your Nike gear.

Here are 4 things you could do—that will actually make a difference—instead of ruining perfectly good products:

1. Give your items to me

I am a poor college student and I would be more than happy to take any and all Nike products off your hands. If not me, I am sure there is another poor college student who would appreciate the gesture. All jokes aside, keep reading, the rest are actually good ideas.

2. Donate items to Goodwill

There are so many people who can't afford simple items and would wear that Nike emblem with pride. Don't waste things that people actually need because you don't agree with a marketing campaign.

3. Give items to a homeless veteran

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs reported that as of January 2017, 40 thousand veterans were homeless and 15 thousand were unsheltered on the streets. If you care so much about your veterans, then maybe you should think about giving those who are homeless your shoes, jackets, bags, etc.

4. Sell the items and donate the money

If you don't know any homeless veterans, but you want the money or items to benefit veterans, then sell your Nike items online and use the money to donate to causes like the Wounded Warrior Project, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, or any other veteran charity.

I know what some of you are thinking, "It is bigger than that, Allyson. Destroying Nike clothes and boycotting Nike is for a bigger cause. You are completely missing the overall message."

Well, I see where you're coming from, but if that's you're argument remember: that is the exact mindset Kaepernick had when people disagreed with his kneeling during the national anthem.

It is okay to have strong beliefs, in fact, I encourage it, but your beliefs hold no merit if you aren't using them as fuel to do something good.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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16 'Golden Girls' Quotes That Are Still Golden In 2019

Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia..four unique middle aged women from different backgrounds under one roof.

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One of the greatest shows of all time (at least in my opinion) is Golden Girls. I was not born yet when it first aired in 1985, but thankfully it is on Hulu. Here are just some of the many quotes from the series's seven-year run.

1. Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping. -Blanche Devereaux

2. Go to sleep sweetheart. Pray for brains. -Dorothy Zbornak

3. Dorothy, was Sophia naked just now, or does her dress really need ironing. -Rose Nylund

4. People waste their time pondering whether a glass if half empty of half full. Me, I just drink whatever's in the glass. -Sophia Petrillo

5. I've been having a giood time, and there wasn't even a man in the room. -Blanche Devereaux

6. As they say in St. Olaf, Helgenbargenflergenflurfennerfen. -Rose Nylund

7. Have I given you any indication that I care? -Sophia Petrillo

8. I'm as jumpy as a virgin in a prison rodeo. -Blanche Devereaux

9. Blanche, I could get herpes listening to this story -Dorothy Zbornak

10. I had a knack for coming up with the firmest, most appealing yams. -Rose Nylund

11. No, I will not have a nice day! -Dorothy Zbornak

12. Look, you didn't ask for my opinion, but I'm old, so I'm giving it anyway. -Sophia Petrillo

13. There is a fine line between having a good time and being a wanton slut. My toe has been on that line. Blanche Devereaux

14. You'll have to excuse my mother. She suffered a slight stroke a few years ago which rendered her totally annoying. -Dorothy Zbornak

15. Everybody likes me. -Rose Nylund

16. Silly rabbi. Tricks are for kids. -Sophia Petrillo

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