Nike is donating 30,000 pairs of sneakers to healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic across the U.S.
The company has partnered with the non-profit Good 360 to deliver 30,000 shoes to workers in Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis, and New York. Sneakers are also being sent to hospitals across Europe.
The footwear named Air Zoom Pulse, which was released in November 2019, is Nike’s “first shoe designed for the healthcare athlete, an everyday hero,” Nike announced.
According to the footwear company, they went to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon, to study those in the healthcare industry taking into account the challenges of those on the job which includes long hours on their feet and liquid spills and the comfort needed for long shifts.
The company said health care workers in New York City and Los Angeles will also receive about 95,000 pairs of soccer socks.
“The effort is led by messages of gratitude to healthcare professionals,” Nike said in its release. “From one athlete to another, Nike athletes recognize the physical and mental resilience of healthcare athletes.”
”Hospitals across Europe including Barcelona, Berlin, London, Milan, Paris and Belgium — will receive an additional 2,500 pairs” Nike said.
More than 3.5 million cases of Coronavirus, including at least 251,000 deaths, have been recorded worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.