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 facts.com 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.
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.