Lumbee Gymnast Ashton Locklear, a member of the gold-medal-winning United States team at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, uneven bars national champion and an alternate for the 2016 Summer Olympics, has recently been named the newest Nike N7 Ambassador.
Ashton Locklear will join such notable athletes as Notah Begay III, Sam Bradford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jude Schimmel, the Thompson brothers and others in advocating for Native youth and aspiring athletes all over Turtle Island.
On Monday, February 6th, Locklear posted to Twitter and Instagram from the offices of Nike, holding a signed agreement, “Dream Come True Today! So humbled & honored to have signed with the N7 brand today as the newest N7 Ambassador!”
Last July, the then 18-year-old gymnast, who is a holder of seven national and world titles in uneven bars, earned a spot as one of three alternates on the U.S. Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro.
In an interview with ICMN through family spokeswoman Jackie Jacobs, (Lumbee), Lumbee Gymnast Ashton Locker said, “I am carrying Indian Country in my heart to Rio!”
Jacobs also commented in an email regarding the continuous support from Indian country.
“The support from NDN country was unbelievable,” Jacobs wrote.
“We want to acknowledge that support and say thank you to NDN country. The other gymnasts had family support and local hometown support and support from gymnastics fans who follow the sport and Ashton had that too, but she also had support from every corner of the United States and it was overwhelming to see. NDN country support was unbelievable and our hearts were full.”
According to the Nike N7 website, “Ambassadors are the Native American and Aboriginal athletes of Nike N7 who support our access to sport initiative. Our ambassadors believe in the power of sport. These outstanding athletes embody the power and spirit of N7. They challenge themselves to do better and encourage those around them to do the same.”
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