What skin in the game would the owner of two drug rehabs have when it comes to the new home uniforms for the U.S. women’s national soccer team, who will be wearing these jerseys during this summer’s World Cup. If you haven’t heard, Nike, the designers of the uniforms, have been under attack due to the fact that the uniform does not represent the American flag at all.
According to the Bleacher Report: “There’s a quintessential aspect missing from the kit that the United States women’s national soccer team will wear in the World Cup this summer in Canada: any relevant color whatsoever. So, for some reason, Nike’s newest kit adventure left out both blue and red, making for a very drab, white-flush look.” Nike released the women’s soccer uniform design yesterday.
So, when the owner of a nationally renowned teen and adult drug rehab took offense to the “unpatriotic” US Women’s soccer uniforms engineered by Nike, perhaps it left some wondering about the disconnect.
Karen Corcoran-Walsh, owner of Inspirations for Youth and Families teen rehab and the Cove Center for Recovery adult addiction treatment center threw her strong patriotic feelings into the ring, choosing Twitter as her communication vehicle.
Corcoran-Walsh tweeted: “#USA #SayNo to Nike’s New #USASoccer Jersey “Where’s Our Patriotic Colors?” Corcoran-Walsh cleverly juxtaposed the relationship between the patriotism of the United States flag and the fervent loyalty people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction have to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Walsh was astounded at the lack of patriotism revealed in the USA Soccer uniforms created by Nike. She drew these parallels to her profession.
“The USA Soccer foundation is sacred territory because it represents the greatest country in the world and here we are designing uniforms with no reference to our nations signature colors.” Karen Corcoran-Walsh
Corcoran-Walsh compared Nike’s decision to leave out USA’s foundational colors to her profession – fighting drug abuse and alcohol abuse and treating mental behavioral conditions.
“People in recovery take Alcoholics Anonymous and other like organizations seriously,” added Corcoran-Walsh. “Many would be dumbfounded if the AA suddenly changed their logo. And imagine if some large medical conglomerate tried to revise the 12-Steps to recovery to the 11-Steps. Some things should not be tampered with.”
Other non-industry types were also less enamored with the Nike reincarnation. Trevor tweeted: “This could be the worst USA Soccer jersey EVER!!”
Corcoran-Walsh wasn’t finished with her foray against USA Soccer and Nike. She stepped it up a notch and had her teens and adults in her rehabs redesign the jersey in their art therapy classes – both in free-hand and Computer Assisted Design (CAD) – only this time all the creations included the colors red, white, and blue.
Corcoran-Walsh believes people need to know more about the meaning behind the American flag’s design and with more knowledge they would be more apt to express their dismay at the lifeless new USA Soccer uniform design.
According to Time Magazine: “The significance behind the flag’s design is more commonly known than that of its colors. The 50 stars stand for America’s 50 states, while the 13 red and white stripes represent the 13 colonies. But there’s also a lesser-known interpretation for the Stars and Stripes. The House of Representatives’ 1977 book about the flag states: “The star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial; the stripe is symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun.”
“People take their country and sports seriously,” Corcoran-Walsh observed. “That is where the expression people bleed red, white, and blue came about and it has entered the sports world.”
In retrospect, Nike followed there own tag-line “Just do it,” when designing the USA Soccer outfits.