Well obviously, there’s the pretty good performance of the RP Team, and the rosy outlook as they go over to Japan at the end of this week. Oh, and they’re also wearing NIKE LIMITED EDITION ‘BELIEVER’ TSHIRTS – and that’s a pretty good reason to be ecstatic right there.
These limited edition shirts, available for P895 at Nike Retail outlets nationwide. And if the shirts aren’t your thing, there are also replica Team Pilipinas Jackets at P1,995, as well as replica Team Pilipinas Jerseys and Shorts at P1,545 each. Nike’s Press Release is as follows:
NIKE BELIEVES IN TEAM PILIPINAS
Limited edition Nike ‘Believer’ tees launched
This year, the entire nation witnessed Team Pilipinas return to the international hard court with grit and determination.
Composed of the Philippines’ current crop of finest ballers, many believe that the 2007 Team Pilipinas is our best chance to date to make it back to the Olympic stage.
After whipping strong contenders Taipei and fellow FIBA Asian Cup bracket Iran in the 11th Jones Cup in Taipei and recently holding off Lebanon to win the Smart 4-Nation Manila Invitational, Team Pilipinas is on the trail blaze, as it aspires for basketball supremacy.
On July 28, 2007 the nation’s Olympic fate shall be sealed as Team Pilipinas enters the pre-qualifier FIBA Asian Cup in Tokushima, Japan. The team carries with them the entire Philippines’ hope of ending the over 30-year Olympic drought in basketball.
Despite threats of tough contenders, Team Pilipinas’ spirit remains undeterred with the national team’s Coach Chot Reyes’ battle cry “This team and this country have come too far to be denied the chance to bring home an Olympic medal. We will go to Beijing or we will die trying!”
Nike Philippines joins the numerous Filipinos who believe in Team Pilipinas. Through its limited edition “Believer” t-shirt, Nike hopes to encourage more people to show their support.
“We take our full support behind Team Pilipinas to another level, as we call on our countrymen to “believe” that the Filipino ballers have what it takes to conquer the international hard court,” said Nike Philippines Country Marketing Manager Melissa Crucillo.
The must-have Nike Tee bears the word “Believer” in front, and an image of Team Pilipinas at the back. They are available at Nike retail outlets nationwide for PHP 895 at select Nike stores. “Let us all take pride in Team Pilipinas and believe in our basketball heroes!” invited Crucillo.
A few days before Team Pilipinas makes it appearance at the FIBA Asian games, celebrities showed their support for the team by attending a one-day photo shoot wearing Nike’s limited edition “Believer” t-shirts.
The star-studded line-up consisted of PBA Commissioner Noli Eala, BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Executive Director Patrick Gregorio, former National Team members Alvin Patrimonio, Jeffrey Cariaso and Olsen Racela, RP Youth and De La Salle Head Coach Franz Pumaren, Team Pilipinas Assistant Coach and Ateneo Head Coach Norman Black, former Olympian Akiko Thomson, TV personalities Reema Chanco and Jinno Rufino, entertainers Francis Magalona and Michael V., sportscaster & triathlete Tricia Chiongbian, supermodel Tweetie de Leon, and trendsetter Tim Yap.
Also available in select Nike stores are replica Team Pilipinas Jackets at P1,995, as well as replica Team Pilipinas Jerseys and Shorts at P1,545 each.
For more information log on to www.nike.com.ph