By: Eliana Brown


Did you know that the slogan “Just Do It” was inspired by serial killer Gary Gilmore, who said “let’s do it” just before he was executed by a firing squad in 1977? Well, how about that the companie's first shoes were made inside of a waffle iron with the iron creating the grooved pattern that helps athletes grip running tracks? For more fun facts and info, keep reading!

What is Nike?

22 states "Nike, Inc. is a clothing, footwear, sportswear, and equipment supplier based in the United States."

Nike, Inc. is an American multinational company that is engaged in the design, development, manufacturing and worldwide marketing and sales of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories and services.


It officaly became Nike, Inc. on May 30, 1978.

Nike was founded January 25th,1964 as Blue Ribbon Sports and initially operated as a distributor for the Japanese shoemaker Onitsuka Tiger (now known as Asics). The founders were Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight. While Phil was working for Onitsuka Tiger, he thought it would make a lot more profit if he started producing their own shoes. In 1971 employee Jeff Johnson thought up the name Nike (after the Greek goddess of victory). Phil Knight had finally obtained a name for the now huge company, but he needed a logo.
Nike - just do it

The "Swoosh"

The Nike Swoosh was designed by a graphic design student named Carolyn Davidson who attended Portland State University. Originally, the mark was simply referred to as "the stripe." Today, it has become one of the most recognizable brand logos in the world, and the most profitable, having a worth of $26 billion alone.

On May 27, 1990, over 80,000 pairs of Nike sneakers were lost at sea.


There is more than 756 retail stores throughout the entire world. As of this year, Nike has corporate offices in 46 countries! It has 44,000 employees worldwide. Nike produces around 50,000 product styles a year and sells in 160 countries.

Nike Products

Random Facts!

In 1975, Nike print ad with the tag "There is no finish line" was introduced. Another is that

Phil Knight is a track runner while Bill Bowerman is his coach.

Phil Knight wanted to name the brand "Dimension 6" instead of Nike


Throught this flyer, I have talked about what Nike is, the history of Nike, marketing,the Swoosh, and random facts! If you want to learn more, go to these cool websites!


Blue Ribbon Sports- The company Phil Knight and BillBowerman originaly worked at

Onitsuka Tiger- one of the oldest shoe companies in Japan

The Swoosh- The Swoosh, sometimes referred to as the Nike tick, is the logo of American athletic shoe and clothing manufacturer Nike, Inc.