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11 Things Hardly Anyone Knows About Nike

Nov. 4, 2014

Nike recently turned 50-years-old. To celebrate, a UK gym, My Fitness Boutique, created this infographic to celebrate the shoe and apparel company's five decades in business.

We've picked out some of the most interesting factlets from the infographic, and a few snippets from around the web, that many people may never have known about the world's most famous sports brand.

1. Nike was founded in 1964 as Blue Ribbon Sports and initially operated as a distributor for the Japanese shoemaker Onitsuka Tiger (now known as Asics). It officially became Nike Inc. in 1971.

2. The company was founded with just $1,200 in the bank. It was created by Bill Bowerman — a track-and-field coach — and Phil Knight, a middle-distance runner from Portland who was enrolled in the University of Oregon.

NikeNike cofounder and chairman Phil Knight.

3. Knight had originally wanted to call the company "Dimension 6." The Nike name comes from the Greek goddess of victory, and it’s pronounced "ny'-kee." Nike's first employee, Jeff Johnson, came up with the name.

Wikimedia Creative Commons

4. The first Nike shoes were made inside a waffle iron. Bowerman’s first eureka moment for footwear innovation came in 1971, when he and his wife were making waffles for breakfast: It sparked an idea for a grooved pattern on the sole of trainers to help athletes grip running tracks. It spawned the “Nike Waffle Trainer,” patented in 1974 (at the expense of his wife Barbara's waffle iron), Nike explains on its press site.

NikeNike cofounder Bill Bowerman, inventing.

5. The Nike swoosh was designed by Portland State University student Carolyn Davidson, for just $35 (just over $200 in today's currency). At a later stage she was given stock that is now worth more than $640,000.

YouTube/Fast Company 6. 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. The revelation was made in a 2009 documentary about advertising called “Art & Copy.” 

WikipediaGary Gilmore mugshot.

7. The first “Just Do It” campaign launched in 1988. The ad featured Walt Stack, a then 80-year-old running icon, plodding across the Golden Gate Bridge.

"I run 17 miles every morning. People ask me how I keep my teeth from chattering in the wintertime.

...I leave them in my locker."

Just do it!

Walt Stack from a Nike Commercial

8. Despite the fact that he hasn’t played basketball professionally since 2003, Michael Jordan still reportedly earns $60 million annually in royalties from Nike, according to Forbes. That makes him the athlete with — by far — the biggest Nike endorsement deal.

AP ImagesMichael Jordan.

9. Romanian tennis professional Llie Nastase, "the Bucharest Buffoon," was the first athlete to sign an endorsement contract with Nike, in 1972. Nastase was a gifted tennis player but also became infamous for his erratic temperament and was lumped with several fines, suspensions, and disqualifications throughout his career. Tony Duffy/Gareth Cattermole/Getty ImagesIlie Nastase, pictured here wearing rival Adidas. 10. Nike’s 1987 ad for the Air Max shoes was soundtracked by The Beatles’ “Revolution” — the first time a Beatles song had ever been used in a TV commercial, according to the Career in Sports book.

11. The world’s largest Nike store is not in its US homeland but on London’s Oxford Street. It cost £10.5 million to build the store, which spans three levels and roughly 42,000 feet. It was constructed around the theme of a town square.

FlickrCC/James TempleNikeTown London's "boot room."

Things Hardly Anyone Knows About Nike 1. In your own words explain Nike’s foundation. _______________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2. Who founded the company and how much money did they have to start with?______________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 3. Where did the name nike come from and what was it almost named instead? ______________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 4. The first Nike shoes were madehow and by whom? __________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 5. Who created the Nike logo? What was her payment for her creation? ____________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 6. Where did the Nike saying “Do It” come from? ______________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 7. How was the first “Just Do It” campaign launched in 1988? ___________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 8. Explain the importance of Michael Jordan to the Nike Company? _______________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 9. Who was the first athlete to sign an endorsement contract with Nike? ____________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 10. What is the significance of the Nike’s 1987 ad for the Air Max shoes soundtrack by The Beatles’ “Revolution”? _________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 11. Where is the world’s largest Nike store? ___________________________________________

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DIRECTIONS:

Design your own original (do not use someone else’s design) Tennis shoes. Come up with three very different ideas and images for each shoe. Think of something simple that would catch the view of consumers like you. Keep the ideas appropriate and clean please.

DIRECTIONS:

Design your own original (do not use someone else’s design) Tennis shoes. Come up with three very different ideas and images for each shoe. Think of something simple that would catch the view of consumers like you. Keep the ideas appropriate and clean please.