NIKE MILITARY VETERANS
FOUNDATION OF SERVICE
Nike has always believed in the outstanding values and character found in the military from the time of our founding in 1964 by Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman, who both served in the military. Phil Knight enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served one year on active duty and seven years in the Army Reserve. In addition to being a world-class track coach, Bill Bowerman served as a commissioned officer with the 10th Mountain Division during World War II and was recognized for his heroism in World War II through award of the Silver Star and four Bronze stars. Nike is proud to continue the legacy of our co-founders and to be an employer of choice for both veterans and military spouses, and continue to honor and celebrate our military employees and their service.
SUPPORTING NONPROFITS THAT SERVE OUR TROOPS
WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF SPORT.
NIKE MILITARY VETERANS & FRIENDS NETWORK
Nike Military Veterans & Friends (NMV) is one of our eight employee networks and provides teammates (veterans and non-veterans) with opportunities to engage at work and in the community. We bring awareness and provide support for issues that are important to the veteran community.LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR NIKE UNITED NETWORKS
HEAR FROM OUR NIKE TEAMMATES
At Nike Inc., we value the leadership and innovation that our current and former service members bring to our team. Their mission-focused mindset helps drive impact for our company and in the communities where we live and work.
We're proud to support organizations in our communities where we live and work that are dedicated to serving the military and veterans communities. Nike proudly partners with the following organizations: Team Red, White & Blue, American Corporate Partners (ACP), Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), and the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program. • Team Red, White & Blue (RWB), is a non-profit organization committed to enriching the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Nike has partnered with Team RWB since 2014 to encourage their members to continue participating in physical fitness in communities across the globe as the official apparel sponsor for Team RWB’s veteran ambassador program. • Nike has proudly partnered with American Corporate Partners (ACP), a non¬profit organization that helps military service members transition to the private sector through one-on-one mentoring with those already in the business world. • Nike participates in the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program, an innovative 12-week program that provides transitioning service members with professional training and hands-on experience in the civilian workforce. • Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. Nike actively supports our employees who continue to serve in the National Guard or Reserve.
SERVICE ACADEMY PARTNERSHIPS
Nike proudly designs uniforms for two of the Nation’s Service Academies: the US Air Force Academy and the United States Military Academy at West Point. Since 2015, in collaboration with Army West Point, Nike highlights the Army’s rich history in the design of the Army West Point football uniform. Culminating in the reveal of the Army – Navy game day uniform each December, the uniform design brings to life a unique story every year. Uniforms have honored the 10th Mountain Division, the 1st Infantry Division, the 82nd Airborne Division, and the 1st Calvary Division to name a few.
MILITARY LEAVE PROGRAM
To support employees who volunteer for—or are called to serve—in any of the uniformed services, NIKE, Inc.’s Military Leave Program now provides up to 12 weeks of paid time off every 12 months. If those 12 weeks are exhausted, employees may apply accrued personal time off as well.
NIKE SUPPORTS VETERANS EVERY DAY
In appreciation of our service women and men, we offer a 20% discount—online and in stores–to all active, reservist, veteran, and retired US military personnel, and to the spouses and dependents of active personnel.