The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
 
Indonesian Girl Signs $9 Deal To Make Nikes
Originally posted 5/26/2003

Ajeng assembling Nikes like nobody's business
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - Sources in Indonesia reported this week that Ajeng Sudirman, 11, of Surabaya, has signed a seven-year deal worth approximately $9 to make Nike shoes in a factory outside the city. Sudirman had been highly recruited out of grammar school, where she displayed considerable dexterity and poise for a girl of her age.

"We're thrilled to have her," said Nike president Phil Knight. "She's young, sure, and there are concerns. But, at the end of the day, we're in the shoe business, and let me tell you: this girl can assemble a shoe."

Others were not as optimistic as Knight. "This deal is crazy," said ABC basketball analyst Tom Tolbert. "This girl has never put together shoes at a factory level. She's been competing against Indonesian elementary school kids. No one knows how she's going to handle the pressure of a full schedule, working from dawn until 11:00 pm. If the fumes don't get her, the rats probably will. And, yeah, if she thinks she's always going to get that mandatory daily water break, she's living in dream land."

"I think this is the best thing for Ajeng," said her father Rajasa. "This is her lifelong dream. She has her family to think about, too, and nine dollars will go a long way. Soon, we will have our very own shanty and hot plate, all thanks to Nike."

Ajeng told reporters Friday that the first thing she planned to do with the money was "get a phat ride and some bling-bling". She was then sternly reprimanded for speaking during work hours.

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