The president of NIKE announced that NIKE is going to change the name of the Joe Paterno Child Development Center in light of recent FBI reports on the Penn State sex abuse scandal showing greater involvement by the University sport and team leaders. The Joe Paterno Child Development Center is located in Beaverton. No details were given on the new name of the center.
– Mark Parker, President & CEO, NIKE, Inc.
“I have been deeply saddened by the news coming out of this investigation at Penn State. It is a terrible tragedy that children were unprotected from such abhorrent crimes. With the findings released today, I have decided to change the name of our child care center at our World Headquarters. My thoughts are with the victims and the Penn State community.”
– Phil Knight, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, NIKE, Inc.
“Other than my parents, my college coach, Bill Bowerman, was the biggest influence in my life. Bill Bowerman and Joe Paterno shared some great qualities. Throughout Joe Paterno’s career, he strived to put young athletes in a position to succeed and win in sport but most importantly in life. Joe influenced thousands of young men to become better leaders, fathers and husbands.According to the investigation, it appears Joe made missteps that led to heartbreaking consequences. I missed that Joe missed it, and I am extremely saddened on this day. My love for Joe and his family remains.”
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