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RELIEF FOR BOSNIAN REFUGEES PART OF NIKE'S INTERNATIONAL GIVING EFFORT

 BEAVERTON, Ore., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- NIKE Inc. (NYSE: NKE; PSE), the world's leading sports and fitness company, is sending footwear and apparel to aid Bosnian refugees who have fled into Croatia and are now located in the Resnik refugee camp outside the city of Zagreb, the company said today.
 Over 1,500 pair of NIKE shoes and thousands of pieces of apparel valued in excess of $80,000 are being shipped from NIKE's European warehouses to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a non-profit international relief agency which will distribute the product to displaced children and families.
 "The situation in Bosnia is something very few Americans can even imagine," said NIKE President Richard K. Donahue. "We are trying to respond to the dire need of the people there, and the IRC provides us with a direct means to help those who need it most," Donahue said.
 Virginia Hensen, NIKE's public affairs director, said the contribution should bring some relief to the refugees. "The plight of these people is daily front-page news across Europe. Our foreign offices felt compelled to do everything possible to help them out, particularly in light of the winter weather. This is just one of the many relief efforts NIKE is engaged in during the holidays," Hensen said.
 The IRC was founded in 1933 as the request of Albert Einstein to help anti-Nazis escaping Hitler's terror. For nearly six decades, IRC has been at the forefront of emergency response and action on behalf of refugees in flight from persecution and violence. The International Rescue Committee serves people of all nationalities, races and religions.
 In addition, the IRC works with private, governmental and international organizations like the Red Cross to coordinate and oversee the flow and distribution of relief supplies as well as to strengthen local health and relief services. Their mission has been to ensure that assistance reaches the most vulnerable without regard to ethnicity.
 For more information about providing help to refugee victims of the conflict in ex-Yugoslavia, please contact: the International Rescue Committee, 386 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016, telephone: 212-679-0010.
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