Most of us views Pharrell Williams to be a singer, songwriter, film producer, fashion icon and even an activist. He wants change and believes that individuals, including himself, has the power to make the world a better place for everyone — and this goes for his current project.
Pharrell, Adidas, Stan Smith and other Adidas Tennis sponsored athletes hosted a local youth tournament at Frederick Johnson Community Court in Harlem, New York on Aug. 26 to support the launch of the Don’t Be Quiet Please campaign — with umpire chairs.
Yesterday, the Don’t Be Quiet Please campaign offered New York a platform for voices to be heard, with ten umpire chairs serving as a symbolic icon as well as a physical stage to encourage people to be loud and express themselves and their passion. The umpire chairs were placed in the following locations: Columbus Circle, the Apollo Theater, the New York Public Library, Herald Square, Flatiron, Union Square, Astor Place, Christopher Street at Gay Street, Petrosino Square and Atlantic Terminal.
Since sports can serve as a way for positivity and change in the youth, Adidas and Pharrell are teaming up with the NYC Parks Department to restore an aging New York City tennis court as well as setting up a tennis scholarship program in partnership with Court16 and HORIZONS. Pharrell mentioned,
“I think every bit of positive energy counts, I just think the world is at a deficit for empathy and love.”
He’s also created his very first performance collection with Adidas. Thiem, Muguruzu and Wilfired-Tsonga all have sported at the event and will also wear during their upcoming tennis matches at the U.S. Open. The collection are available at Adidas stores and online as well as Billionaire Boys Club flagships.
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Watch: Adidas X Pharrell Williams “Don’t Be Quiet Please” Campaign
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