Nike, initially known as Blue Ribbon Sports (BRS), was established by University of Oregon track competitor Phil Knight and his mentor, Bill Bowerman, on January 25, 1964. The organization at first worked in Eugene, Oregon as a merchant for Japanese shoe creator Onitsuka Tiger, making most deals at track meets out of Knight’s automobile.
As indicated by Otis Davis, a University of Oregon understudy competitor trained by Bowerman and Olympic gold medalist at the 1960 Summer Olympics, his mentor made the primary pair of Nike shoes for him, negating a case that they were made for Phil Knight. As indicated by Davis, “I disclosed to Tom Brokaw that I was the first. I don’t mind what every one of the extremely rich people say. Bill Bowerman made the main pair of shoes for me. Individuals don’t trust me. Truth be told, I didn’t care for the manner in which they felt on my feet. There was no help and they were excessively close. Be that as it may, I saw Bowerman made them from the waffle iron, and they were mine”