Steve McConkey

Steve McConkey, president of Four Winds Christian Athletics calls himself a “sports minister.” Four Winds apparently operates out of McConkey’s apartment in Madison, Wisconsin. With annual revenues under $50,000, the organization files its nonprofit tax return by e-postcard. In spite of its small size McConkey gets more than his fair share of ink. Tuesday, McConkey writesWhy You May Want to Stop Buying Nike Shoes for Good.” According to McKonkey:

Nike funds the Population Council, an international nonprofit organization that supports abortion, according to the council’s website. The council conducts biomedical, social science and public health research plus helps build research capacities in developing countries.

One-third of its research relates to HIV and AIDS. The other major program areas include reproductive health, poverty, youth and gender. …

McConkey should first learn how to read a nonprofit tax return. Yes, in 2015 the Nike Foundation contributed $138 thousand to the Population Council. That donation is earmarked for Abriendo Oportunidades which provides vulnerable Mayan girls in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico with skills and support to improve their lives. What possible objection could even the most conservative Christian have to that? People like McConkey should be cheering them on for their good work.

Plus, Nike is involved with Planned Parenthood. Fortune magazine reported on July 13, 2015, “Nike matches its employees’ contributions to the regional Planned Parenthood affiliate in Oregon but didn’t specify the sum.”

It is possible that they are making a corporate contribution. However, the foundation’s 2015 tax return shows no donations to Planned Parenthood. And what if they did? Only a minuscule percentage of Planned Parenthood’s operation is abortions. The rest is providing health care on the spot to be reimbursed by Medicaid which most providers are unwilling to do.

On the Nike Foundation’s 2014 tax form, Nike matches gifts to the Susan G. Komen New York City and Minnesota chapters that fund Planned Parenthood.

I don’t now what this guy is reading but it’s not there. Not in 2014 and not in 2015. Nothing even close.

Nike was the provider of uniforms and products for the Olympic Games in
Rio. Nike also supports the LGBT agenda, going so far as to have an ad
promoting transgenders during the Olympics.

Promoting? I hate to tell this cashew but a certain percentage of the population is trans. Shall we pretend otherwise?

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.