Nike surprises Oregon runner with cerebral palsy with a contract to chase half-marathon goal


I hope your tissues are ready, because this story is incredibly touching. Justin Gallegos is a cross-country runner at Oregon who has cerebral palsy, but he isn’t letting that bring him down. Gallegos aspires to run a half marathon (13 miles) in under two hours. And now, he has a little bit of extra support.

At the conclusion of one of his college races, the Oregon team was gathered together for a special announcement. The announcement was from a Nike rep, and it was that Gallegos is being signed by Nike. It makes him the first athlete with cerebral palsy to join Nike.

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The clip is incredibly raw, and you’ve got to love Gallegos’ reaction.

Nike has deep ties to the Oregon area. It was founded by Oregon track and cross- country athlete Phil Knight and his coach, Bill Bowerman, in 1964. There’s a reason Oregon has tons of different looks in football every year. But Gallegos is joining elite company with this contract, and it’s well-earned.

“One of your teammates has been working pretty hard the last couple of years,” the Nike representative began. “And Nike has recognized that, so today, I am presenting a Nike contract to be an official Nike athlete.” At this announcement, Gallegos broke down — and so did everyone watching.