Nike and co-founder Phil Knight are offering us all a little bit of light during a challenging and uncertain time.
Phil Knight, along with the company he founded, executive chairman Mark Parker and president & CEO John Donahoe are contributing more than $15M in COVID-19 assistance.
This according to Darren Rovell:
JUST IN: Nike is committing more than $15 million towards the Coronavirus response. Co-founder Phil Knight, executive chairman Mark Parker and current president & CEO John Donahoe are personally donating a combined $10 million.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 18, 2020
Knight, Parker, and Donahoe alone will contribute a combined $10M of their own money.
The Oregon-based company is also doing its part to help its employees, improve statewide care coordination, increase access for COVID-19 patients and help prepare for expanded diagnostic testing.
"We are coming together to support communities where our employees live and work," said a Nike global corporate communications spokesperson.
According to KGW-TV, $10 million of the money being donated would be dedicated locally to the Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Health & Science University, and a recovery fund created by the Oregon Community Foundation.
Nike already donated more than $1 million to China Youth Development Foundation back in January to help provide supplies and equipment to treat COVID-19 patients.
NBCSNW reported late last week that if Nike was forced to close any of its stores or distribution centers, those who are unable to work from home would receive paid time off and will not be required to take PTO.
Two days after that report, Nike announced they would be closing retail stores.
With love, Your Nike Family pic.twitter.com/BgXNwItRRU— Nike (@Nike) March 15, 2020
With stores closing, Nike is staying true to its word and helping those employees affected.
As the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold, Nike is making sure it does everything it can to help.