Nike Shoes for Newborns at Montclair Hospital
Babies Born Aug 20 Receive Nike Waffle 1 Shoes In Honor of IE Native Diana Taurasi
Montclair Hospital Medical Center was one several local hospitals chosen by Nike, in honor of Diana Taurasi, to distribute free Nike Waffle 1 infant shoes to families who delivered on Aug. 20, 2016.
As a way to celebrate Diana Taurasi, a star guard for the United States’ Olympic women’s basketball team, Nike surprised new families at the Montclair hospital with a pair of baby shoes to unleash their future potential as part of the company’s “Just Do It – Nike Unlimited" campaign.
MHMC delivered seven babies the weekend U.S. women’s basketball team brought home its sixth Olympic gold medal by defeating Spain, 101-72.
"It’s exciting to celebrate Ms. Taurasi, who attended Don Antonio Lugo High School in Chino, and U.S. Women’s Basketball,” says James M. Lally, chief medical officer at Montclair Hospital Medical Center. “This outreach brings a sense of gratitude and enthusiasm to her hometown. It really is inspiring to our community when professional athletes like Diana give back.”
A special note was included inside each box of shoes that read: “It all starts now. 34 years ago, it started in Chino for a little champ just like you. And today Diana Taurasi conquered the world. Maybe, someday, that can be you. Or maybe you’ll choose to do something else. There really are no limits to your potential. Whatever you decide, get up. Get out. And get started. Life moves fast. And in these, it will move a little faster. Just Do It.”
Olympic spirit runs through the heart of both Chino Valley Medical Center and Montclair Hospital Medical Center. Lally is an Olympic physician for the International Shooting Sports Federation and recently returned from his sixth Summer Olympic Games. His journey began in 1993, when he volunteered at a World Cup shooting event at the site of the 1984 Olympic Games at Prado Dam in Chino. From becoming the team physician to serving as the president of USA Shooting and the national governing body for shooting sports in the United States for the second time, he also sits as the chairman of the medical committee of the International Shooting Sports Federation.
Montclair Hospital Medical Center was founded by a group of community physicians in 1973. Since 2006, its current owner and operator is Prime Healthcare Services. In 2010 MHMC was donated to the Prime Healthcare Services Foundation and became a not-for-profit organization.