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Allyson Felix Recalls Not Having A Footwear Sponsor After Leaving Nike — 'I Was Exhausted And Tired Of Begging'

Imagine being at the top of your game yet you find yourself fighting for support. This was once the case for Allyson Felix — the most decorated U.S. Olympic Track woman athlete.

Apr 21, 2023

Exclusive: Allyson Felix May Have Had Her Last Race, But She's Far From The Finish Line As She Approaches Her 'Next Great Challenge'

It’s looking like just the beginning as Allyson Felix is not finished just yet. Earlier this month, Felix — the most decorated track athlete in history — graced the field for the final time. Although her decision to retire was not easy, she looks forward to championing her legacy off the field in what she calls her “next great challenge.” In an exclusive interview with AfroTech, Felix affirms why she believes it was time to step away. “I felt so fulfilled throughout my career. It has been difficult to step away just because I am so passionate. I love competing so much, but I also knew that it was the right time. I knew that I wanted to move toward other things that I was passionate about as well,” Felix said. “I think it’ll be challenging since I don’t have that. I think there is a sense of loss, because the thing that I’ve spent the last 20 years doing, I’ll miss it, but I’m also excited to fulfill that area with other work that I’m interested in doing.”

Aug 23, 2022

Allyson Felix's Saysh Announces Gap Inc. Has Acquired An Equity Stake As Terms Of Its Multi-Million Dollar Raise Are Revealed

Allyson Felix’s Saysh is becoming hot in the footwear market. According to Footwear News, the Olympian and her brother and co-founder Wes Felix announced on June 16 that their brand closed an $8 million Series A round.

Jun 22, 2022

Allyson Felix's Saysh Brand Raises Millions Of Dollars In An Aim To Build A 'Better Future For Women'

In less than a year since its launch, Allyson Felix’s Saysh is about to get even bigger and better. As previously reported by AfroTech, the Olympian co-founded the athletic footwear brand following her departure from Nike due to their lack of support for pregnant female athletes and new mothers. Then, during the 2021 Olympics, Felix made a beautiful statement by wearing her own brand on the track. “I did have a little moment. When I crossed the finish line and I looked down at my spikes. These beautiful handcrafted Saysh spikes. And I was like, ‘I did this in my own shoes,’” Felix shared in a fireside chat with UBS.

Apr 29, 2022

Years After Dismissal From Nike During Her Pregnancy, Allyson Felix Begins Building Her Own Shoe Empire

Allyson Felix said forget a seat at the table! The most decorated woman in the history of American track and field was once told to “know her place” by Nike executives. Thankfully she knew her worth too. After appearing in countless promotions for Nike during her time with the company, sporting their logo across her racing tops, compression shin sleeves, you name it, the company ultimately failed the Olympian, reports Yahoo!Sports. Felix used her voice to advocate for pregnant athletes to ensure that they wouldn’t be penalized for pregnancy and in turn, Nike told her to “know her place.” In an open letter to the world, Fenix shared: “I’ve been running my whole life. I’m good at it, and I’ve got a lot of medals to show for it. I was scared to stop running, I wasn’t sure I would fully know who I was without it. Like many women, I was afraid that starting a family would be a ‘death sentence’ for my career. I did it anyway. During my pregnancy, I faced a gender injustice that I couldn’t...

Jun 29, 2021