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The Swoosh
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.01

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    waffle-soled, swoosh, waffle, lead, kids, leader, goal, died, iron, born, wife, club, improve, team, coach, idea
     content words:    Bill Bowerman, World War II, New Zealand, Phil Knight, National Track, Field Hall, Bill Bowerman Foundation, Bowerman Series, Christmas Eve


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The Swoosh
By Jody Williams
  

1     Who knew that waffles would lead to running shoes? One day, Bill Bowerman sat down to eat breakfast. He didn't eat. He stared at the waffles that his wife had made him. He was thinking about running shoes. Bill then poured rubber into the waffle iron. This was the beginning of waffle-soled running shoes.
 
2     Bill Bowerman was born on February 9, 1911. He was born in Portland, Oregon. He loved sports. He played football when he was a kid. He fought in World War II. Then he went to the University of Oregon. Bill Bowerman became the track and field coach there. He took his team to New Zealand. He saw that people there ran for fun. He brought that idea back to the U.S. He started the country's first running club. Bill then wrote a book about running for fun. It was called Jogging.
 
3     He met Phil Knight. Phil was a student of Bill's. Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman started Nike, Inc. Bill's goal was to improve running. He was always thinking about running shoes. He wanted runners to be fast. He wanted to create a shoe to help. Nike shoes are known for having a "Swoosh" on the side. Bill Bowerman didn't like it because he thought that it weighed too much. Nike disagreed. The "Swoosh" is now on every shoe. Nike is the leader in athletic shoes.

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