Just do it has become just donate.
Nike announced on Wednesday that the Beaverton-based company is committing more than $15 million to COVID-19 response efforts.
Co-founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny, along with executive chairman of the board Mark Parker and his wife, Kathy, and president and CEO John Donahoe and his wife, Eileen, are personally donating a combined $10 million.
According to a Nike release, the individual donations from the executives will be disbursed to the Oregon Food Bank ($1 million), the Oregon Community Recovery Fund ($2 million) and the Oregon Health & Science University ($7 million) to "improve statewide care coordination in Oregon, increase patient access and ramp up operational readiness for expanded diagnostic testing for COVID-19."
Phil Knight ran track at Oregon and created Nike shoes with his legendary track coach, Bill Bowerman.
The Knights have consistently donated millions of dollars over the years to refurbish or build lavish sports facilities at Oregon during the rise of the Ducks as a national brand.
The new Hayward Field, funded entirely by private donations, led by Phil and Penny Knight, is set for completion this spring. However, the coronavirus wiped out the NCAA track and field season, including the Pac-12 championships, which were supposed to be run in the new state-of-the-art venue.
One of Phil Knight’s closest contacts at Oregon, longtime associate athletic director Jim Bartko, died on Monday.
"Jim Bartko was an all-star in the University of Oregon athletic department for 25 years," Knight said in an athletic department release. "In the process he became a great friend. His passing leaves me in shock and deep sorrow."
In 2016, the Knights gave the university a $500 million gift to launch the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, which is under construction.
Nike previously donated $1.4 million in January to support frontline workers with supplies and equipment to treat coronavirus patients in China.
The company also is donating the following: $1 million to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund; $1.1 million to support community partners across Europe, Middle East and Africa through the King Baudouin Foundation; $250,000 to the Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis, Tenn.; $250,000 to the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ COVID-19 Regional Response Fund; and $500,000 to the Boston Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund.
"To further support communities where NIKE employees live and work, we will also support a two-to-one match for any donations to support COVID-19 responses locally, nationally and internationally," the Nike release stated.
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