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"IT ALL STARTED WITH A JERSEY." ERIN MAGEE'S '03 JOURNEY FROM HOFSTRA SOCCER PLAYER TO UNITED STATES WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM KIT DESIGNER

"Every opportunity has come to me through soccer. My ticket to NYC when my parents couldn’t afford to send me there. My first job, my second job, and now the chance to collaborate with Nike and USWNT. #SportChangesEverything

-Erin Magee

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Magee played soccer for Hofstra University from 1999-2002. An All-America East selection in 2001, Magee appeared in 70 matches throughout her career, recording three goals and nine points as a defender. She went on to graduate from Hofstra in 2003 with a degree in video and television.

“Erin is the perfect example of the kind of alumnae the Hofstra Women’s Soccer program and Hofstra University look to develop during their time at our outstanding University. She is an incredibly strong and successful woman who has become a star in her chosen field and we couldn’t be more proud of her and her accomplishments. She is a shining example for our current and future Hofstra Women’s Soccer student-athletes of where hard work and dedication can take you. Brilliant work Erin, congratulations on all your successes, including your efforts with the United States Women’s National Soccer team!”

-Hofstra Head Women's Soccer Coach, Simon Riddiough

The head of Umbro, a sportswear brand based in England known for its soccer equipment, happened to regularly attend Hofstra women's soccer games with his children. At the end of Magee's senior year, he approached her and invited her to work for Umbro as his assistant. While at Umbro, the phone rang one day, and Magee happened to pick it up.

It was Supreme calling - a skateboarding clothing brand established in New York City in April 1994. Supreme wanted to work on an Umbro-Supreme soccer jersey. "I tried to convince my boss that doing this collaboration would be really cool. He didn't care and didn't want to do it," said Magee. "Instead, he told me that I could work on it. I ended up taking a job at Supreme."

"My career in fashion all started with a soccer jersey."

Fast forward 15 years. The phone rings again. This time, it's Nike. Nike took notice of Magee's brand, MadeMe, and chose four women globally to design a line of "energy kits," a "cool" takedown version of a soccer jersey for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. "It was such an honor when they gave me a call," said Magee.

“It’s true to sport and function,” added Magee about her designs. "I approached the jersey with the idea that I wanted it to feel wearable, technical, and performance driven, but also something you can wear casually. The U.S. Women's Soccer Team liked MadeMe as well, so they allowed me to put my crest on it. I felt honored."

Nike x MadeMe Collection
"I wanted this jersey to be sport first, fashion second. It's meant to celebrate the incredible victorious history of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team by drawing attention to the woman namesake of the iconic sportswear company itself: Nike the Goddess of Victory."
Magee says the idea behind her jersey is "strong, triumphant, and victorious women."
"This line of opportunity in my life has come through soccer."

PHOTOS COURTESY OF NIKE

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