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Nike's Portland Factory Store awards $100,000 in grants

PORTLAND, Ore. (22 June, 2005) – Nike’s Portland Factory Store hosted representatives from 20 neighborhood nonprofits today for its annual grant program award ceremony commemorating the donation of $5,000 grants to each organization for its efforts around promoting youth physical activity; education and mentoring; or economic development for minorities, women and youth. Over the last 21 years, Nike’s business presence in Northeast Portland has helped create jobs and foster economic growth, as well as resulting in $1.1 million in corporate donations to non-profit organizations in the local area.

“Nike is committed to investing in communities where we have a significant business presence,” said Elliot Hill, Nike Vice President of USA Commerce. “As an Oregon company with deep roots in Northeast Portland, we recognize the positive impact business can have on the economic development of a neighborhood and are proud of our now 21-year promise to give back to the organizations that support the continued prosperity of this community.”

Susan Castillo, Oregon State Superintendent of Public Instruction, joined in the festivities as more than 1,000 community residents, business members, and youth attended the open house and Community Expo immediately following the award ceremony. The open house included a free outdoor picnic, games and activities for youth, and entertainment by Ethos musicians and the High Steppers Drill and Dance Team. The Community Expo featured booths with representatives from more than 40 organizations in North and Northeast Portland. When the Nike Portland Factory Store opened in 1984, it pledged to donate a portion of the store’s profits to community-based non-profit organizations. Ron Herndon, now Chairman of the Board of the National Head Start Association and Director of Albina Head Start, approached Nike 21 years ago and urged the company to build its first ever factory store on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (then called Union Avenue).

In 2004, to bring the factory store’s 20-year community investment in North-Northeast Portland to a total of $1 million, Nike expanded its grant program to 20 $5,000 grants, bringing the total grant amount for 2004 to $100,000. In 2005, Nike decided to award $100,000 in grants again, doubling its previous commitment in 2002 to award $50,000 a year through 2007 for the second consecutive year.

“The Urban League of Portland is excited about being a grant recipient of the Portland Nike Factory Store Grant program,” said Vanessa Gaston, President and CEO of the Urban League of Portland. “This program has helped many non-profits continue to serve people in need of services in the North and Northeast Portland area. Nike has done a wonderful job of donating to community-based organizations as well as providing jobs to people in this community.”

The store has been at its current location, 2650 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., since 2000. Nike chose to purchase the property and begin construction of a new site after outgrowing the store’s original location just two blocks north.

As part of the day’s festivities, Nike honored this year’s grant recipients. Each non-profit organization was awarded a $5,000 grant to support programs in the following areas: youth sports and recreational/physical activity; education and mentoring; and economic development for minorities, women and youth.

Grant recipients for the 2005 Portland Factory Store Grant Program are:

Organization Program Description

Albina Head Start The Albina Head Start Technology Center offers after-school activities to children of all ages, adult education, career development, literacy programs, summer computer camps, and home access to technology.

Caldera Caldera's Urban Arts Partner Project serves 130 "at-risk" youth at camp and secondarily serves more than 600 students who attend North Portland middle schools by offering monthly contact with artist mentors and weekend intensives that allow students to deepen arts learning and strengthen relationships with peers that were established at camp.

Community Cycling Center The Community Cycling Center offers a Summer Rides/Cycling for Service program to low-income children and teaches the importance of safe bicycling, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, conservation and community service.

Community Transitional School Community Transitional School offers 2nd through 4th grade homeless children a place to realize their potential and envision a future beyond the next shelter, camp motel or family crisis.

Ethos, Inc. Ethos offers a Hip-Hop and Urban Music Project (THUMP) to schools in the North/Northeast Portland, which is designed to reach kids who are not served by conventional music programs.

Friends of the Children Friends of the Children provides intensive mentoring for at-risk youth and also offers recreational and sports activities with two organized football and basketball teams.

Incight Incight's mission is to educate and employ people with disabilities by providing tools to advance their education, seek and obtain employment, become active community participants, improve the quality of their lives and to enable them to contribute to society without limitations.

Multnomah Education Service District Foundation Multnomah Education Service District's Fitness-Nutrition Project at Ockley Green Middle School will impact student and school community health by changing student’s behaviors toward fitness and nutrition.

Native American Youth and Family Center The Native American Youth and Family Center Sports Program provides organized sports team opportunities for at risk Native American high school youth.

Open Meadow Open Meadow School will collaborate with St. John's Racquetball Club, the YMCA, and a local yoga studio to provide physical activity classes for their high school students.

Peninsula Children's Center Peninsula Children's Center is a child care center serving primarily low-income children and families and will use the grant for summer field trips, recreational activities, and equipment for its school-age program.

Portland Community Media Portland Community Media's “Adventures in Television:” Media Youth in Action is an annual media camp serving at-risk youth from Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.

Portland State University, University Academy PSU hosts Upward Bound, a program that will provide and facilitate access and retention into post-secondary education for low-income students.

Portland Youth Builders Portland Youth Builders supports young men and women who are committed to changing their lives by offering education, vocational, leadership development, and support programs for low income, at-risk young people ages 17-24.

Schoolhouse Supplies Schoolhouse Supplies' project “Tools for Schools” delivers new school supplies to students on the first day of school.

SCRAP The School and Community Reuse Action Project directs over 70,000 pounds of clean, safe, and reusable materials at a low cost to inspire others to create something new.

Showtime Athletics Showtime Athletics offers minority and underprivileged youth an opportunity to participate in sports training which encompasses an education training environment that promotes the fundamentals of sport, teamwork, and sportsmanship, and enhances cultural diversity in Oregon.

TLC/TNT TLC/TNT for the past nineteen years has offered thousands of children a little tender loving care at summer day camps.

Urban League of Portland The Urban League of Portland's NULITES mentoring program is designed to help youth develop a better sense of self, improve their academic performance, develop lasting relationships with adult mentors, be more prepared for higher education, and increase their knowledge about career and vocational opportunities.

Warriors Sports Club Warriors Sports Club offers baseball, football, basketball, and track and field to 4th - 12th grade children and focuses on team building, career/leadership development, health and nutrition, sportsmanship, and self-esteem building.