BEAVERTON, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) today announced two new partnerships with
world-class community organizations, PeacePlayers International and
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. These partnerships, launched
on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, will expand opportunities and support
for youth and their communities, continuing Nike’s strong belief in
using the power of sport to promote diversity, inclusion and equality.
PeacePlayers International is globally recognized for uniting divided
communities – leading with youth – through sport. By developing youth
leaders, building relationships and changing perceptions, PeacePlayers
is strengthening communities using sport as a tool to bridge divides.
MENTOR is the leading national organization in ensuring quality youth
mentoring relationships and connecting volunteers to opportunities in
their local communities throughout the United States. MENTOR’s mission
is to close the “mentoring gap” ensuring that young people receive the
support they need to succeed in all areas of life.
Today’s announcement of support for PeacePlayers and MENTOR furthers
Nike’s long-standing commitment to create positive impact in
communities, and support for equality for everyone.
“We’ve always been committed to using the power of sport to advance
equality – on the field and in life,” said Mark Parker, Chairman,
President and CEO of NIKE, Inc. “Our newest partners in PeacePlayers and
MENTOR put this belief into action in meaningful and inspiring ways that
make a real difference.”
“We’ve learned from our work in bridging divides around the world that
sport provides a unique and powerful platform for unifying communities,”
said Brendan Tuohey, Co-Founder and Executive Director, PeacePlayers
International. “So we’re excited to partner with Nike to help young
people across the United States show that if you can play together, you
can live together.”
“Nike’s partnership with MENTOR is an extraordinary milestone in the
mentoring movement,” said David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR: The National
Mentoring Partnership. “It’s critical that we close the gap for the one
in three young people growing up without mentors outside their family
and increase supportive connections for our youth. We’re excited to have
Nike’s support and voice in this effort.”
Today’s announcement is part of Nike’s ongoing commitment to equality,
diversity and inclusion. Nike will continue to follow the inspiration
from our athletes and employees to uplift and bring people together in
the following months and beyond. To learn more, go to nike.com/equality.
Those interested in PeacePlayers or MENTOR are invited to visit www.peaceplayersintl.org
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