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Nike + Oregon: A Story of Community for 45 Years

A Letter From Nike's Founder, Phillip H. Knight and Chairman, President and CEO, Mark G. Parker:

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From the start, community has been at the core of who Nike is and what we do. We are proud of our heritage—from Eugene to Coos Bay, to Fossil, Beaverton and Portland. Our history is rooted on the trails, courts, fields and tracks of these communities.

In both flourishing and challenging times, Oregon’s values have improved us and inspired us to create a more positive and innovative world. As we continue our journey, we never lose sight of our heritage and always strive to “run faster,” as Coach Bill Bowerman taught us.

We are excited about the future we’re creating—together with our partners and local communities. With the power of sport as a unifying force, we’re committed to building more equal playing fields and to getting kids active, so they can have healthier, happier and more successful lives.

Since 1972, we’ve grown to over 12,000 local Nike employees. We couldn’t ask for a better place to live, work, play and give back—and to grow, both as a company and as individuals. No matter where the world takes us, Nike will always draw on the Oregon spirit in our DNA to give our best.

With gratitude,

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As Nike has grown, so has its passion for Oregon. Learn more about the many partnerships forged over the last 45 years by downloading the Nike + Oregon Community Highlights PDF.