Raptors officially unveil NBA City Edition jersey

Raptors officially unveil NBA City Edition jersey
Toronto Raptors release OVO city edition jerseys and Welcome Toronto nights
Share Share Raptors officially unveil NBA City Edition jersey tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email As a continued tribute to Toronto (and Drake, and also, uh, Nike), the Raptors have officially revealed their new NBA City Edition jersey for the 2018-19 season. Much like last year, the jersey is a solid shade with a large gold chevron and the block letters spelling out NORTH. Not to lean on a tired adage here but: if it aint broke, dont fix it.

Ill let the Raptors PR machine do the rest of the work here, And yes, I realize we saw a sneak peek at this jersey way back on Media Day when a grainy photo of Kawhi Leonard wearing the jersey leaked — but look how much nicer they look in the official photos! Look at the video below! It goes from black… to white! Such innovation! Im going to stop using exclamation marks.

And is there a post from Drake? Yes, indeed there is. Its worth noting of course that these jerseys will be worn on six Welcome Toronto nights, as part of the Drake-OVO-Raptors collaboration thats been going on since the start of 2018.

View this post on Instagram Toronto Raptors OVO City Edition jersey available at midnight @welcomeovo @raptors

Toronto Raptors release OVO city edition jerseys and 'Welcome Toronto' nights The Raptors have released their city edition jerseys in collaboration with Drake as well as their 'Welcome Toronto' nights

For the third consecutive year, the uniforms will be an OVO collaboration with their Global Ambassador Drake. Drake took to Instagram to promote this years version of the OVO jerseys featuring the Raptors new star player Kawhi Leonard:

View this post on Instagram Toronto Raptors OVO City Edition jersey available at midnight @welcomeovo @raptors

The Raptors host “Welcome Toronto” nights each season, featuring a Welcome Toronto x OVO-themed court to go with their newest OVO threads.

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In 2013, Drake was assigned the title Global Ambassador of the Raptors – since then, the partnership has grown drastically.

The Raptors, Drake and OVO have plans to expand further than just new uniforms and custom courts. In year two of their five-year plan, the Raptors and OVO will contribute two million dollars to Canada Basketball annually.

Starting last year, they also planned to donate one million dollars a year to refurbish local basketball courts in the community.

The Raptors and OVO just recently completed four community courts in Toronto – Flemingdon, Matty Eckler, Thistletown and Malvern – and together with the City of Toronto, they will pick four more courts to be refurbished each year over the next two years.

Per the Raptors website, “the hope is that by investing in basketball infrastructure with easy access in the community, that the Raptors and OVO can help facilitate the growth and expanded inclusivity of the sport in and around the city.”