With a rally cry to help protect the future of sport, the charge to envision a better world has inspired a steady progression of ambitious benchmarks and more radical product. With Move to Zero, NIKE, Inc.'s journey toward zero carbon and zero waste, our mindset is clear. Accelerated investigation of the varied opportunities in circular design combine with an unwavering optimism. Hear more from representatives of Converse, Jordan Brand and Nike on the challenge and joy of the effort.
This month, NIKE, Inc. teammates came together virtually to celebrate and commemorate Pride. Events ranged from sessions on the importance of pronouns and inclusion to Drag Queen Bingo. Teammates also joined powerful conversations with Jarvis Sam, Nike Senior Director of Diversity Recruiting and Talent Experience, Marquita Thomas, Los Angeles LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce and David Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition, to discuss being Black and LGBTQIA+ in 2020, and many others. Nike Mexico hosted a series of digital activities including a session with soccer pros Viviana Michel and Ana Gaby Lozada who discussed the significance of the month for them and encouraged others to face life situations with confidence and love. And of course, Pride wouldn’t be Pride without the launch of our Nike BeTrue and Converse Pride Collections.
Since its creation in 2009, the Nike N7 Fund, focused on getting youth in Native American and Indigenous communities in North America moving, has awarded more than $8 million in grants to more than 270 communities and organizations. This year we recognized and donated $500,000 to 19 organizations. These grant recipients deliver programs and services that increase physical activity, support education and career development and provide essential healthcare needs.
In observance of Juneteenth, we will close our retail stores, offices and distribution facilities in the US. This will be a day for our employees and teammates to educate and connect on the significance of this moment in Black history and we encourage all athletes* to do the same.
Today NIKE, Inc. is announcing a $40 million commitment over the next four years to support the Black community in the U.S. on behalf of the NIKE, Jordan and Converse brands collectively. This commitment will be focused on investing in and supporting organizations that put social justice, education and addressing racial inequality in America at the center of their work.
Nike Releases New Film “For Once, Don’t Do It.”
During Military Appreciation Month, we paired Nike veteran teammates with senior executives for (virtual) lunch mentoring sessions. One of the pairs was Katie Wurzbach, Marketplace Management Manager and Nike Military Veterans Network events co-lead, with Ratnakar Lavu, Global Chief Digital Information Officer. The two connected on a shared passion of Chicago’s food scene and movies, and discussed ways in which they could develop new digital technologies that help athletes around the world. These connections are powerful and we believe they can help to move the world forward.
NIKE, Inc., and Jordan Brand welcome the class of 2024 Wings Scholars. The Jordan Wings Program seeks to empower youth and level the playing field through education, mentorship and access, and today we are honored to award 32 students across North America scholarships to their chosen four-year university. They will join the 1,800 students we've funded over the past six years through the Wings Scholars program in Greater China and the US. These students represent the promise, potential and optimism of the future. We refuse to be limited. We choose to believe in greatness and the potential impact of the next generation.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, last week the Nike Mindfulness Community and Jordan Brand hosted Dr. Sará King, neuroscientist and medical anthropologist at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), for a live virtual session opened to all teammates on “The Science and Practice of Mindfulness.” Dr. King explored the current science behind the 2,500-year-old practice of mindfulness and its physiological and psychological benefits, which include improving insomnia, chronic pain, resilience and emotion regulation. A few practical suggestions to develop a mindfulness practice, according to Dr. King: Attention on the breath, good posture and alignment, noticing and recognition and being present in the body. Learn more about Dr. King’s work at https://lnkd.in/dNvywdF.
May is Military Appreciation Month and Nike is hosting seven Military Fellows for a nine-week virtual Fellowship experience beginning this month, for the second year. In partnership with Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship, this program provides transitioning service members with professional training and hands-on experience in the civilian workforce.