Young Muslim Girls Designed Special Basketball Uniforms and They're Amazing

Traditional attire and sports crossed at a difficult intersection for young, Black Muslim girls in Minneapolis. That was until the girls teamed up to create uniforms for themselves, by themselves.

Student athletes from the girls-only sports group were able to create basketball uniforms that would allow them to play comfortably while maintaining their culture with the help of the University of Minnesota Design School and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport.

The new uniforms include leggings, long-sleeved tunics, and tighter hijab.

"I don't even have to focus about what I'm wearing. I just play the game," student Sihal Ali told USA Today.

Joneka Percentie is a junior studying Communications, Africana Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies. When she is not working as an editorial assistant with For Harriet, she enjoys blogging for SPARK, singing, dancing, tweeting @jpercentie, eating, and sleeping. E-mail her at


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