Nike is showing their gratitude for healthcare workers by making a sizable donation of footwear, apparel, and equipment to those working on the frontlines during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The donation includes Nike’s complete 32,500-pair inventory of the Air Zoom Pulse, a shoe unveiled last November that was designed specifically with healthcare workers in mind. Other goods include soccer socks that offer mild compression and sweat-wicking Dri-FIT apparel.
To make this happen, Nike partnered up with the nonprofit Good360 to distribute more than 140,000 pieces of footwear, apparel and equipment efficiently. Places receiving donations include Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis, NYC and the Veterans Health Administration. Hospitals across Europe will also be receiving donations, with 2,500 pairs of the Air Zoom Pulse headed to Barcelona, Berlin, London, Milan, and Paris. These latest donations total over $5.5 million, raising Nike’s COVID-19 response commitment to over $25 million. Perhaps, those healthcare sectors can make use of these funds to improve the services that they offer in terms of hiring new staff, stocking new machinery, or even accommodating new technological advances (like RPA for healthcare, for instance).
The donation is accompanied by a message from Nike-sponsored athletes like Ja Morant and Casey Short thanking the healthcare workers in their respective hometowns. You can learn more about Nike’s COVID-19 response and other philanthropic efforts at purpose.nike.com.