The Indiana Pacers will try to keep their Flo-Jo retro mojo going with a boost by having the daughter of the late Florence Griffith-Joyner sing the National Anthem for a March 29 game against the Dallas Mavericks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Mary Joyner, daughter of the track and field star who designed the Flo-Jo uniforms, is an accomplished singer who has appeared on “America’s Got Talent” in 2012.
The Pacers are 3-0 when wearing the retro uniforms, which Griffith-Joyner designed in 1989 and the team wore from 1990-91 through 1996-97. The Mavericks game will be the fifth of six games they wear the uniforms, but the final home game.
“The National Anthem meant so much to my mother,” said Mary of her mother, who passed away at age 38 in 1998 when Mary was just 7. “And, not only are the Pacers honoring her, but they’re honoring her work outside the track world. She loved designing and it means a lot that they’re honoring my mother’s jersey. And for me to be signing the National Anthem at a Pacers game while the team wears those uniforms, it’s such an honor. I always envisioned myself singing one day before a professional basketball game, so this is like a dream come true.”
“It’s great because my mom’s work lives on,” Mary said in a statement released by the Pacers. “I know she put her passion and her heart into the design. Out of all the uniforms, I love her designs because they actually fit this generation as well. I believe her designs are timeless. I just know she would be so happy and so proud of her work being re-recognized.”
Fans can purchase the Flo-Jo edition Pacers jerseys in the Pacers Home Court Gift Shop at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Tickets remain for the Mavericks game and can be purchased at Pacers.com.
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