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Girls on the Run International is proud to partner with Athleta, LEGO Friends, Secret, Cigna, Famous Footwear, Gamma Phi Beta and SmartWool as we work to deliver our life-changing program to more than 120,000 girls each year. These companies are vital to advancing our mission and provide financial, in-kind and volunteer support while leveraging their brand's assets to raise awareness about the program across North America.
Athleta is the exclusive national athletic apparel sponsor of Girls on the Run. Our organizations’ values are well aligned as we are each committed to inspiring girls and women everywhere to achieve their limitless potential. These shared ideals initially brought many members of the Athleta team to Girls on the Run of Sonoma County, California as volunteer coaches, running buddies and board members. It is through their heartfelt commitment to the program that the company sought to partner with Girls on the Run at the national level.
Athleta was founded in 1998 with the mission of providing women athletes with apparel for different sports and fitness activities. Since then, they have become one of the premier brands in the rapidly growing women's sports and active apparel markets. Athleta offers high quality, stylish and functional apparel, footwear and accessories for women across a wide variety of sports and fitness activities, including a high component of crossover apparel and casual wear. Athleta sells its products through catalogs, retail locations and its website,www.athleta.com. Athleta is headquartered in Petaluma, CA, and has nearly 300 employees, many of which have been involved with Girls on the Run for years.
With a shared goal of unleashing confidence through accomplishment, LEGO Friends is a proud National Sponsor of Girls on the Run. LEGO® Friends is a collection of building toys that blend the iconic LEGO construction experience with stories, settings and themes designed to meet children’s desire for creativity and a highly-detailed, character-based world. For more than 80 years The LEGO Group has focused only on building play and the positive life-long benefits it has for children. Children who engage in building develop important life-long skills such as persistence, confidence, problem solving and social skills and experience a sense of pride and accomplishment in completing a model.
The partnership is designed to inspire girls everywhere to achieve their limitless potential by using a LEGO-based activity that will spark meaningful conversations. LEGO Friends will provide girls nationwide with a building activity based on LEGO Serious Play® methodology and insights that shows that hands-on, minds-on play produces a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world and its possibilities. The activity will guide teams through a simple process where coaches will pose a question, the girls will build in response, everyone will share a story about what they built and then reflect together on similarities and differences through a question and answer period. LEGO Friends is excited to allow girls an opportunity to show not just what they made, but also what they’re made of.
LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark, one of the world's leading manufacturers of creatively educational play materials for children. The company is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative abilities, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: "Only the best is good enough." Visit the virtual LEGO world at www.LEGO.com
Secret has been a national sponsor of Girls on the Run since 2008. They are also actively involved with Girls on the Run of Cincinnati, providing coaches, volunteer and financial support each year. Our partnership with Secret deodorant enables Girls on the Run International to reach more girls, improve our program offerings and encourage girls everywhere to embrace their authentic selves.
Each year, Secret invites girls to write a brief essay about “How Girls on the Run Makes Me Fearless!” Ten winners are selected annually from the repeatedly outstanding pool of submissions, and the winning essays are available for viewing on our web site. Lena, a recent 5th grade Secret essay winner, wrote: "I am much more brave now. I don't think I could have done it without Girls on the Run. I am proud to say I AM fearless!"
Secret is a brand of Procter & Gamble. From beauty and health to home and beyond, P&G's brands make every day just a little better for billions of consumers around the world.
Cigna is proud to be the exclusive health care sponsor of Girls on the Run. The company’s mission is to help people improve their health, well-being and sense of security, and child wellness is a key part of that mission. Girls on the Run was recently named the first recipient of the Cigna Foundation’s World of Difference Grants, a program that awards funding to nonprofits that are committed to improving children’s wellness, senior care, women’s health and health equity. The grant will enable Girls on the Run to increase the number of participants in the program throughout the United States and potentially expand the program internationally. With support from Cigna, Girls on the Run will also distribute more than 200 scholarships to girls at schools across the country allowing them to participate in the program and the celebratory 5K runs.
A global health service company headquartered in Bloomfield, Conn., Cigna has 35,000 employees worldwide, many of whom volunteer with Girls on the Run. To learn more about Cigna, including links to follow the company on Facebook and Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.
Famous Footwear is proud to support the local community as a national sponsor of Girls on the Run. Incorporating our strong belief in living a healthy lifestyle, feet first, Famous Footwear is committed to getting girls everywhere started off on the right foot. We believe in celebrating everyday victories, big and small, and instilling confidence in young girls is one of the biggest victories of them all!
With more than 1,000 stores nationwide and even more styles available online at Famous.com, Famous Footwear is a leading family footwear destination –- an easy one-stop-shop with athletic, casual and dress shoes for women, men and kids from hundreds of name brands like Nike, Converse, Vans, Sperry, Steve Madden, Skechers, Asics, New Balance, and more. Famous Brands, Famously Easy, Victory is Yours at Famous Footwear!
Gamma Phi Beta Sorority is the exclusive National Panhellenic Conference Girls on the Run National Sponsor. Our philanthropic focus, Building Strong Girls, gives girls the confidence to dream big. We inspire the female leaders of tomorrow. For nearly a century, Gamma Phi Beta has committed to improving the lives of young girls by not only building stronger girls but stronger communities through them. As a National Sponsor, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority provides support to Girls on the Run through financial contributions at the local and international level and hands-on local support from our extensive and passionate membership throughout the U.S. and Canada..
The Sorority’s mission is to inspire the highest type of womanhood. Headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, the Sorority has chartered 180 collegiate chapters across the United States and Canada, and has more than 191,000 collegiate and alumnae members worldwide.
SmartWool is a National 5k Partner and the official sock of the Girls on the Run 5k Series. Based in Steamboat Springs, CO, SmartWool is an apparel brand whose products are inspired by living and playing in the mountains. SmartWool upholds strong values around high performance products, conscience business ethics and affecting a positive change in the world through volunteer service and their SmartWool Advocacy Fund. They believe that the future of the planet rests on healthy, active kids. That’s why their Advocacy Fund supports Girls on the Run and other organizations committed to getting kids outside through responsible recreational opportunities.
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