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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Nike update

Hi all,
It's been about a month and a half since we made something amazing happen. By using the hash tag #NikeLetter and retweeting the Nice Kicks video , my letter to Nike CEO Mark Parker went completely viral.  I've received so much support from around the sneaker community, family, friends, and most importantly people with disabilities that are also unable to tie their shoes. Nike has been an absolute pleasure to work with, keeping me updated every step of the way. Specifically, they are taking an existing shoe that I've had success wearing and redesigning the upper so it can be closed with Velcro and not laces. They just recently got the first "sample" if you will, back from the factory and decided that the design needed a little more refining before I receive them. Hopefully they will be on my feet in no time! In other #NikeLetter news, the sneaker store Finish Line (who has been a big #NikeLetter supporter since the beginning) corporately reached out to me a few weeks back, and said they wanted to give me a pair of Nike basketball shoes they thought would work for me. I was and am still extremely flattered by their generous gift. This has been an exciting, and whirlwinding month and a half with more exciting things in store. The support I've gotten from classmates, teachers, friends, family and others that have supported the movement via Twitter has been amazing. Thank you.

Remember this: without #TeamNikeLetter there would probably be no #NikeLetter

Matthew Walzer