Nike Thailand celebrates 25th anniversary
May 17, 2005
Bangkok, Thailand (17 May, 2005) – Today Nike Thailand celebrated its 25th anniversary by donating a NikeGo Community Sports Center in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) Province. The Center symbolizes Nike’s commitment to Thailand and demonstrates the company’s appreciation for the partnership of the last 25 years. Nike Thailand donated USD 50,000 to build the NikeGo sports center. The Center will be accessible to approximately 2,000 people in Nakhon Ratchasima Province and will offer a space for volleyball, soccer, basketball, sepak takrow, aerobic dance and other sports activities. The NikeGo sports center is a project of the Nike Village Development Project II, which is jointly funded by Nike and the Population and Community Development Association (PDA). “We are grateful for the successful partnership Nike has had with the people of Thailand over the last 25 years. We look forward to many more years of working together, “ said Greg Bui, General Manager for Nike Thailand. “It is our hope that this center will encourage physical activity in young people and be a source of motivation to discover the joy of movement and the fun of physical activity.” “Rural villagers have never had anything like this before. The NikeGo sports center is a great addition to the grassroots community and a great symbol of Nike’s contribution to Nakhon Ratchasima Province and Thailand. We congratulate Nike on this 25th anniversary and look forward to many more years of our partnership for social progress.” said Senator Mechai Viravaidya, PDA's chairman. Nike began manufacturing in Thailand in 1980 with a relationship with one local contract factory and has expanded its contract manufacturing base to a total of 84 contract factories (14 footwear, 56 apparel and 14 equipment factories, manufacturing approximately USD 504 million worth of products in Fiscal Year 2004. In total approximately 75,000 people are employed in these contract factories. Population and Community Development Association (PDA) Founded in 1974, Population and Community Development Association (PDA) is one of Thailand's most well established and diverse non-government organisations. Operating from Bangkok, 16 regional development centres and branch offices in rural Thailand, PDA's programs are based on the belief that local people are best suited to shape and sustain their own development. PDA has pioneered grassroots growth marked by extensive villager involvement not only as beneficiaries but also as planners, managers and leaders. PDA programs encompass integrated rural development, water resource development, local institution building, medical and health services, population control and AIDS care activities, income generation and occupational training, and forestry and environmental conservation. NIKE, Inc. NIKE, Inc. based in Beaverton, Oregon is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned Nike subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Bauer NIKE Hockey Inc., a leading designer and distributor of hockey equipment; Cole Haan, a leading designer and marketer of luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories and Exeter Brands Group LLC, which designs and markets athletic footwear and apparel for the value retail channel.