Events

SKECHERS Donates More Than 200,000 Pairs of BOBS to Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

More Than Six Million Pairs of New Shoes Have Been Donated to Date

A boy shows off his BOBS shoes in the Philippines. April 2013

With thousands of lives lost and more than a half million homeless, the people of the Philippines are suffering after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan… and like many of you, SKECHERS is making big strides to help the hundreds of thousands affected.

Together with our donation partner Soles4Souls, we’re donating around 213,000 pairs of new BOBS shoes over the first two weeks of December to help children throughout the region. BOBS just passed the six-million-pair donation mark through this contribution, and we couldn’t have imagined a more worthy cause to usher in this milestone.

Thank you for making such a great impact with your BOBS purchases to help children throughout this region, as well as the millions of kids who’ve benefitted since BOBS started in 2011: in communities across America and more than 30 countries around the globe.

If you’d still like to make a difference, SKECHERS continues to donate new shoes to kids in need with your purchase; you can shop our year-round collection of BOBS styles for women, men and children in stores worldwide and online at skechers.com.

The SKECHERS Foundation Raises a Million for Kids with Special Needs and Education

Celebrities Jimmy Kimmel, Brooke Burke-Charvet and Tommy Lasorda Make a Difference at the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk

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Every October since 2009, SKECHERS has brought together thousands for the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk in LA’s South Bay. And each year, our beach is filled with bigger and bigger crowds, all who want to make a difference for kids with special needs and our schools.

This past Sunday was incredible – an unprecedented 10,000 gathered to help raise a new record: more than $1 million for The Friendship Circle and education foundations that will directly help our children. Thanks so much to the celebrities who joined us, including Jimmy Kimmel, Brooke Burke-Charvet and her family, and Tommy Lasorda. Our presenting sponsor Nickelodeon, the incredible local and national businesses who come out to rally for our children. And to all of you who took part: you’ve turned our beloved event into the largest of its kind for these causes in Southern California, and your impact will be felt for generations to come.

Learn more about the walk and The Friendship Circle at www.skechersfriendshipwalk.com and http://www.gotfriends.com.

New SKECHERS Super Bowl Ad Launches Early: Footwear company releases Skechers GOrun 2 ad starring the world’s fastest land animal

Following in the footsteps of an adorable French Bulldog named Mr. Quiggly that wore Skechers GOrun footwear during last year’s Super Bowl, SKECHERS USA, Inc. today released the first commercial for Skechers GOrun 2 performance footwear, which will premiere on TV during Super Bowl XLVII. Fans can now get a sneak peek of the ad ahead of the 100-million-strong audience for Sunday’s game.

Man befriends gazelle in the Skechers GOrun 2 Super Bowl Commercial (Photo: Business Wire)

Man befriends gazelle in the Skechers GOrun 2 Super Bowl Commercial (Photo: Business Wire)

This year, the fast cat is center stage in a spot that again uses humor and animals to illustrate the speed of Skechers GOrun 2 performance running footwear. The ad is slated to air after the two-minute warning of the first half.

A brief teaser for the Skechers GOrun ad was released on YouTube last week, generating early buzz with nearly 300,000 views. And on Wednesday, Bleacher Report placed the ad at No. 2 in its “Super Bowl Commercials: 2013 Power Ranking”. SKECHERS continues to leverage the power of social media with a Facebook sweepstakes tied to the campaign that promotes both the ad and Skechers Performance product.

The 2013 Super Bowl campaign, which also includes a Joe Montana SKECHERS Relaxed Fit ad, marks SKECHERS’ fourth consecutive year of commercials on the world’s biggest advertising platform. In 2010, the Company first utilized the star power of Joe Montana to launch its fitness division, and then followed up in 2011 with Kim Kardashian in the Company’s fitness footwear. Basketball and business icon Mark Cuban joined the adorable Mr. Quiggly in 2012 for SKECHERS’ most successful Super Bowl campaign thus far – ranking third on the USA Today Ad Meter.

SKECHERS TO AIR TWO COMMERCIALS DURING SUPER BOWL: Footwear company will launch Skechers GOrun 2 with humorous ad starring the world’s fastest land animal and bring back Joe Montana for Relaxed Fit men’s footwear

Following up on last year’s wildly successful Super Bowl ad starring the adorable pup Mr. Quiggly for Skechers GOrun, SKECHERS USA, Inc. today announced that the Company will return to the Big Game with two unique campaigns. The first will use humor and animals to illustrate the speed of Skechers GOrun 2 performance running footwear and is slated to air during the two-minute warning of the first half. SKECHERS will also enlist football legend Joe Montana for a second advertisement to air during the second quarter.

Man vs. cheetah in the Skechers GOrun 2 Super Bowl ad campaign (Photo: Business Wire)

Man vs. cheetah in the Skechers GOrun 2 Super Bowl ad campaign (Photo: Business Wire)

For the Company’s performance brand, a cheetah takes center stage this year when the world’s fastest land animal goes head-to-head with a human wearing Skechers GOrun 2. Like the cheetah, Skechers GOrun 2 footwear is lightweight, sleek and fast. The Company debuted the original Skechers GOrun collection on the feet of a spunky French Bulldog during the 2012 Super Bowl, and the much adored “Mr. Quiggly” commercial achieved a third place ranking at the top of the USA Today Ad Meter, making the pooch a media darling and bringing global recognition to Skechers Performance footwear.

For the SKECHERS Relaxed Fit collection, Hall of Fame quarterback and four-time Super Bowl champion Joe Montana is the face of the successful footwear line that’s designed for comfort with a roomy toe area and memory foam insole. Montana previously appeared in a SKECHERS Relaxed Fit campaign during Fall 2012 that also included ads featuring basketball and baseball icons Mark Cuban and Tommy Lasorda.

The 2013 Super Bowl campaign marks SKECHERS‘ fourth consecutive year of commercials on the world’s biggest advertising platform. In its first year, the Company utilized the star power of Joe Montana to launch its fitness division, and then followed up in 2011 with Kim Kardashian in the Company’s fitness footwear. Basketball and business icon Mark Cuban joined Mr. Quiggly in 2012 for SKECHERS’ most successful Super Bowl campaign thus far.

SKECHERS and Marathoner Meb Present $25,000 and Footwear for Hurricane Sandy Relief

SKECHERS USA, Inc. announced that elite marathon runner Meb presented a $25,000 check to the Mayors Fund in New York City on behalf of SKECHERS for rebuilding efforts after the destruction of Superstorm Sandy. Meb also appeared on Monday at a special fundraising event at the SKECHERS Times Square store where the footwear company donated 20% of all sales raising additional money for the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.

Meb joins SKECHERS employees in Times Square to load shoes that will be distributed through disaster relief organizations in New York and New Jersey. (Photo: Business Wire)

Meb joins SKECHERS employees in Times Square to load shoes that will be distributed through disaster relief organizations in New York and New Jersey. (Photo: Business Wire)

To aid families that have been displaced or lost their homes during the hurricane, SKECHERS worked with Fashion Delivers to get 500 pairs of footwear immediately into the hands of two relief efforts: the Secaucus Municipal Center in New Jersey and The Legacy Center in Queens. SKECHERS also will be donating a large number of pairs via its charity footwear line that will reach children impacted by the storm in December.

“I arrived last week in New York to run as I have so many times before. Then after witnessing the storm’s devastation and hearing stories from those affected, the priorities of this amazing city became crystal clear,” began Meb. “There’s always another race, but those who lost their homes or friends or family members need our assistance today. I’m fortunate to be here and I hope that together with SKECHERS we’ve been able to help some of those who need it most.”

“Many of our retail associates and retail partners were impacted by this storm,” added SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg. “So, we quickly mobilized to figure out how to best help and we’re glad Meb was able to collaborate on raising both money and awareness. We also want to thank the countless runners – both local and visiting for the marathon – who attended our fundraising event on Monday. It’s truly a fantastic and supportive community.”

In 2009, Meb made history as the first American to win the prestigious ING New York City Marathon since Alberto Salazar in 1982. He also won a Silver Medal competing in the marathon during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. And at age 36, Meb achieved back-to-back PRs in the 2011 New York City Marathon (2:09:13) and the 2012 Olympic Trials in Houston (2:09:08) wearing Skechers Performance footwear. Meb currently appears in the global marketing campaign for Skechers GOrun ride.

SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Breaks Records in its Fourth Year: SKECHERS Foundation Raises More than $750,000 for Children with Special Needs and Education

Brooke Burke-Charvet and SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg at the fourth annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk. (Photo: Business Wire)

Brooke Burke-Charvet and SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg at the fourth annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk. (Photo: Business Wire)

The SKECHERS Foundation today announced that more than $750,000 was raised for children with special needs and education through Sunday’s Pier to Pier Friendship Walk. The 2012 donations were significantly higher than last year’s total of $580,000 thank to the record number of walkers, more than 8,500 people, and the many donations by local and national businesses, including presenting sponsor Nickelodeon.

“Four years ago when the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk began we had 2,200 people come out; now we’ve surpassed 8,500 walkers in 2012, which is a testament to the compassion and dedication of our community,” said SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg. “The $750,000 we raised through this year’s walk will help many children with special needs continue to thrive through the Friendship Circle programs; it’s inspiring to see what a big impact small gestures can make. Many education foundations that are in dire need of funding will also benefit from the money we’ve raised through this year’s walk.”

The 3.4 mile walk from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Hermosa Beach Pier and back was hosted by fitness expert Denise Austin, who rallied the crowd before the walk. Legendary Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda also spoke about the importance of giving back to make a positive impact in the community, and Dancing with the Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet congratulated SKECHERS and all the walkers for making a difference to help children with special needs and for supporting education foundations.

SKECHERS Announces Celebrity Hosts for Fourth Annual Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Presented by Nickelodeon: Tommy Lasorda, Brooke Burke-Charvet and Denise Austin support children with special needs and education

SKECHERS USA, Inc., a global leader in lifestyle product and innovator of performance footwear, today announced that legendary Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda, Dancing with the Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet, and fitness expert Denise Austin will host the fourth annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk on Sunday, October 28. Each celebrity shares a long history with SKECHERS; Lasorda – a loyal friend of the Company for many years – will appear in a new SKECHERS ad campaign later this fall, and both Burke-Charvet and Austin have supported the Company’s footwear collections as celebrity endorsees.

SKECHERS President Michael Greenberg with celebrity hosts Tommy Lasorda, Brooke Burke-Charvet and Denise Austin. (Photo: Business Wire)

SKECHERS President Michael Greenberg with celebrity hosts Tommy Lasorda, Brooke Burke-Charvet and Denise Austin. (Photo: Business Wire)

SKECHERS is anticipating 10,000 participants at this year’s Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, which is presented by Nickelodeon, and will aim to surpass the $600,000 fundraising total from 2011. Since its 2009 launch, the walk has raised $1.2 million to help retain vital educational programs, maintain smaller class sizes, upgrade school technology, as well as support The Friendship Circle – a non-profit organization that assists children with special needs and their families through one-on-one peer mentoring and social programming.

“We are thrilled that Tommy, Brooke and Denise are hosting this year’s walk and devoting their time to help the SKECHERS Foundation raise awareness and funds for these important causes,” said SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg. “Schools rely on this additional funding to maintain valuable programs that are constantly threatened by budget cuts, and the Friendship Circle creates a life-changing environment that not only helps children with special needs, but also influences teen volunteers to become caring mentors who give back to the community. These children are the future of our nation, so it’s crucial that we step up and provide the financial support they need to succeed.”

“When I participated in last year’s SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, it made such a dramatic impact on me that I was compelled to return this year and show my support,” said Brooke Burke-Charvet. “These kids are truly inspiring, and watching them join together to save our schools and support children with special needs is such a great example for other communities across the country. I hope people recognize what SKECHERS has accomplished through the Pier to Pier Walk, and it compels them to show support for this important cause at a national level.”

Traveling from the Manhattan Beach Pier to Hermosa Beach Pier and back, the 3.4-mile walk will include performance from local school bands, cheerleading teams and free activities for the entire family. The Pier to Pier Walk will also be followed by the 22nd annual World Famous Pumpkin Races at the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Individuals, families, team leaders and team members can register online at skechersfriendshipwalk.com or by mail for $25. Registration at the Manhattan Beach Pier on the morning of the event is $30. Registered participants will receive a commemorative SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk t-shirt, goody bag and complimentary water and drinks along the walk route. For those who cannot participate, donations will also be accepted until the day of the walk; event sponsors and volunteers are also welcome to participate.

 

SKECHERS Foundation and Tommy Lasorda Host Children with Special Needs at Dodger Stadium

SKECHERS Foundation, a SKECHERS organization designed to support families and communities in need, announced that it partnered with Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda to host a day at Dodger Stadium on August 1 for members of the Friendship Circle, an organization dedicated to nurturing and inspiring the special needs community. The event included 100 children with special needs and their families, and five children with special needs were given the opportunity to join Lasorda down on the field with the current Dodger players before the first pitch.

The Dodgers event launched a community-wide campaign for fourth annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk – a Nickelodeon-sponsored Southern California event that raises funds for The Friendship Circle and education. Lasorda has co-hosted the Walk since its launch in 2009 and will co-host the 2012 Walk on October 28.

The Friendship Circle has a special place in my heart. These kids give such joy and love, they can people’s lives. I know they’ve changed mine,” said Lasorda. “I’m so excited to take them to the place I love – and I can’t wait to be part of our next walk. The Pier to Pier Friendship Walk makes such a big difference for these kids every year, and for education too. I’d love for everyone at our games to join us and walk for our kids!”

“Going to a baseball game was one of my favorite memories as a kid – and there’s nothing like doing it with Tommy himself!” added Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. “This is a day that these kids will cherish for the rest of their lives – and I’m so grateful to Tommy for helping us make this a reality, as well as all the years he’s hosted the Walk. It’s such a great way to tell baseball fans and our community about this event.”

An extension of the SKECHERS Foundation, the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Walk gathers donations for Friendship Circle projects such as teen mentorships, support groups and programs for children with special needs and their families, as well as equipment, salaries, and supporting materials for compromised schools. For more information about the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk and the SKECHERS Foundation, please visit http://www.skechersfriendshipwalk.com

SKECHERS Foundation Donates More Than $480,000 to Children with Special Needs and Education

The SKECHERS Foundation, an organization that was founded to provide families around the world with the necessities and skills to succeed in life, celebrated its most impactful SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk by donating $209,000 to the Friendship Circle for children with special needs and more than $280,000 to six Southern California education foundations. The donations were the largest made by the Foundation and were the result of dozens of corporate sponsors, including presenting sponsor Kids Foot Locker, and thousands of walkers who united for the SKECHERS Friendship Walk in October 2011.

SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg presents a $209,000 donation to the Friendship Circle, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a dramatic difference in the lives of children and young adults with special needs.

SKECHERS President Michael Greenberg expressed his gratitude during a formal check presentation ceremony on February 16 at SKECHERS’ corporate headquarters in Manhattan Beach: “Our sponsors have done something incredible – gathering our friends, families and neighbors so we can change the lives of our children. Because of them, our kids now have more opportunities than what would have been possible without this walk. And we’ve shown that we’re not dependent on our economy or our state’s budget to make a real impact. I’m extremely proud of what we’ve created here, and to be part of a community with such great love for our kids.”

The SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk is now the Southern California’s largest annual donor event for children with special needs and local schools. Along with the Friendship Circle, the funds will directly benefit Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Palos Verdes Peninsula and Torrance schools.

For more information about the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk and the SKECHERS Foundation, please visit http://www.skechersfriendshipwalk.com or become a fan of the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk page on Facebook.

Meb Keflezighi and SKECHERS GOrun Continue on to London!

Congratulations to Meb Keflezighi who crossed the finish line first at the 2012 Trials in Houston, Texas, and will represent the United States this summer at the 2012 Games in London.

Meb not only finished first at the trials, but he also set a new personal record of 2:09:08 – his second PR in 69 days – while wearing his SKECHERS GOrun sneakers.

This will mark Meb’s third appearance at the games, and his first competing in SKECHERS GOrun sneakers. He ran the 10,000 meters in Sydney, and at the 2004 Games in Athens, Meb finished second in the men’s marathon event to earn a silver medal. At the time, he was the first American male to take home a marathon medal in 28 years.

Check back to receive updates and follow Meb on his journey.

Want shoes like Meb’s? Visit skechers.com to get your pair or learn more about SKECHERS GOrun performance footwear.

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