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Jacoby Ellsbury and Nike N7 Celebrate the Legend of the Dragonfly

New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is the first person of Navajo descent to play in the Major League Baseball (MLB) organization. The Colorado River Indian Tribes member was only 8 years old when his mother told him about the dragonfly, a tale Jacoby’s grandfather had passed down to her. As he recalls it: “If you catch a dragonfly without killing it and rub it on the bottom of your feet, it will make you faster."

Ever since he heard the story, Ellsbury would catch and rub as many dragonflies on his feet as he could find while actively encouraging his brothers to do the same. He has used his speed to lead the American League in stolen bases in 2008 and 2009 as well as chasing down balls in center field. Ellsbury now tells the story of the dragonfly each summer to hundreds of young Native baseball players through his partnership with Nike at the N7 Jacoby Ellsbury Baseball Camp.

As one of Nike’s N7 ambassadors, Jacoby shares N7’s mission to encourage healthy lifestyles and access to sport in Indian Country. Jacoby and N7’s other ambassadors challenge themselves to excel in sports and healthy living and lift up their communities to do the same.

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