The Internet has been ablaze this week with discussion surrounding former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's new ad campaign with Nike. Unexpectedly, the latest video released by the company has a connection to Canadian soccer.
Vancouver Whitecaps, Canadian men’s national team, and soon-to-be Bayern Munich starlet Alphonso Davies appears in the ad, which is narrated by Kaepernick.
“If you're born a refugee, don't let it stop you from playing soccer for the national team at age 16,” says Kaepernick. Davies was born in a refugee camp in Ghana to parents who were fleeing a civil war in Liberia. His family moved to Canada when he was five, and eventually he earned a call-up to the men’s national team last year after breaking out in MLS with Vancouver.
Kaepernick has become the face of Nike’s 20th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, appearing in poster ads with the slogan, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
The former NFLer, of course, has made headlines around the world in the past few years by choosing to kneel during the national anthem before games, as an act of protest against racial injustice in the United States.
Davies is currently in Bradenton, Florida with the Canadian men's national team as they prepare for their CONCACAF Nations League opener on Sunday against the U.S. Virgin Islands.