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NIKE MATCHES $100,000 GIFT TO UNCF FOR 'MALCOLM X' PREMIERE

 BEAVERTON, Ore., Nov. 16 ~PRNewswire~ -- NIKE Inc. (NYSE: NKE; PSE), the world's leading athletic shoe and apparel company, said today it will mark the premiere of film director Spike Lee's much-anticipated new movie, "Malcolm X," with a gift of $100,000 to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).
 NIKE's contribution matches Lee's gift of $100,000 to establish the United Negro College Fund Malcolm X Foundation, a scholarship fund for African-American students administered by UNCF.
 NIKE's check will be presented by Georgetown University Head Basketball Coach John Thompson, a member of NIKE's board of directors, to UNCF's President and Chief Executive Officer William H. Gray III at a gala premiere of the movie at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York on Nov. 16.
 According to Virginia Hensen, NIKE's director of Public Affairs, the company has matched Lee's charitable gifts at each of the film director's past two movie premieres. Hensen said Lee and NIKE each contributed $25,000 to a special UNCF fund for Bedford-Stuyvesant students in 1989 in connection with "Do the Right Thing." In 1991, when Lee's movie "Jungle Fever" opened, Lee and NIKE each donated $25,000 to the Mother Hale House in New York City, a home for drug-affected infants.
 In addition to the UNCF gift, NIKE is underwriting a special premiere of "Malcolm X" in Portland, Ore., where NIKE's world headquarters are based, as a benefit for the Urban League of Portland. The long-awaited biography of Malcolm X, starring Denzel Washington, opens in theaters nationally on Nov. 18.
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 ~CONTACT: Virginia Hensen or Michael Lewellen of NIKE Public Affairs, 503-671-6453~
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