Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all events have been put on hold—including this year's Olympic Games, which were set to begin July 24 in Tokyo. However, fans won't have to wait another year for Ralph Lauren's newest Team USA series. Dubbed the "One-Year-Out Collection," the styles include a variety of patriotic options and, even better, when you buy an item from the collection, Ralph Lauren will donate 25 percent of the purchase price to the Team USA Fund.
Given the Games' postponement, Olympic and Paralympic athletes now face an unanticipated additional year of training, along with all the costs that come with preparing for the biggest sporting event in the world. The Team USA Fund provides unrestricted funding for athletes preparing for the Games, and helps subsidize training, facilities, and programming for Olympians and Paralympians.
2020 would have marked the seventh time Ralph Lauren dressed Team USA since 2008. According to the brand, "The One-Year-Out Collection was inspired by the graphic look of the Tokyo 1964 games and incorporates bold visuals, stripes and color-blocking done in a patriotic and spirited palette of red, white, and blue."
The collection itself includes 32 pieces for men, women, and children. The line features pullovers, tees, hats, and, of course, new iterations of the famed Polo shirts.
Famed Olympic athletes joined together for the One-Year-Out campaign: Ashleigh Johnson, a gold medal-winning water polo player, poses in a half-zip with U.S.A. emblazoned on the chest; skateboarder Heimana Reynolds rides around a skating rink in a Team USA t-shirt; and Nathan Adrian, a five-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, wears one of the collection's Polo shirts while waving an American flag. Other Olympians participating in the campaign include gold medalist swimmer Katie Ledecky and paralympic triathlete Melissa Stockwell. As part of their partnership with Ralph Lauren, the One-Year-Out Collection will also be available for purchase on the athletes' Instagram pages.
While we won't get the Games this year, we can at least support Team USA while we wait for 2021 to bring us an exciting—and safe—Olympic experience.
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