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The Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders is an all-volunteer, nonprofit running club whose mission is to promote running as a means of lifelong health and fitness for persons of all ages and levels of ability and to foster a sense of community, camaraderie, and collaboration within the club and with other running organizations.
ASICS is an acronym derived from the Latin phrase, Anima Sana In Corpore Sano, which means “a sound mind in a sound body”. ASICS is a sportswear brand committed to making the best product in order to bring harmony to the body and soul. Like Girls on the Run, ASICS strives to inspire girls to be joyful, confident and healthy.
Girls on the Run International is proud to partner with Athleta, Cigna, FOX Sports Supports, Gamma Phi Beta, SmartWool and ASICS as we work to deliver our life-changing program to more than 179,000 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.
When word got out that there was a group of young girls running around the nation together, challenging themselves every week to grow stronger as athletes and as people, and approaching their goals with focus, passion and grace, there was no question: ASICS had to hop on their path and run right alongside them.
ASICS was founded on the humble idea that sports have the power to transform lives and bring communities together through the universal language of movement. Nearly sixty years later, the synergies between this fundamental company vision and the mission of Girls On the Run has inspired ASICS to become the exclusive National Footwear Sponsor for the organization. By offering footwear, hosting local chapter events and providing on-going financial contributions to the program, ASICS is thrilled support their lifetime journey toward a happier, healthier and more balanced life through running.
ASICS is a leading performance and fitness lifestyle brand, offering footwear, apparel and accessories built for an active and healthy lifestyle. Comprised of a passionate team of innovators, designers, athletes and adventurers, ASICS strives to create stylish and versatile products that inspire enjoyment in every possible active pursuit, from running and training, to yoga and adventure-seeking. ASICS products are available globally in select retail locations and online at asics.com.
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 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 health equity in the area's of children’s wellness, senior care and women’s health. The grant has enabled 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.
FOX Sports Supports is a program of FOX Sports dedicated to serving the nonprofit community. They understand that with great success comes great recognition and even greater responsibility. Giving back is not only important to the program but to its employees. In 2016 FOX Sports Supports will dedicate time, money and resources to Girls on the Run through a variety of support including PSA’s, in game graphics, event activations, talent involvement and more.
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 more than 180 collegiate chapters across the United States and Canada, and has more than 195,000 collegiate and alumnae members worldwide.
Positive. Passionate. Powerful.
And it is our goal to remind her of that every step of the way. We’re on a mission to inspire every girl to have the confidence to chase her dreams, no matter how big they are.
We believe Girls on the Run is doing amazing work to help girls celebrate their talents and uniqueness, and are absolutely thrilled to have a chance to partner with them. Our hope is that together, we can make an even bigger impact on the lives of the tween girls we love so much.
Together, we can empower them to Live Justice: Live Active, Live Connected, Live Together, Live Smart, Live Positively, and Live Creatively.
Known as a major retail destination for fashion-loving tweens, Justice operates over 930 stores throughout the United States and Canada. We also have an international presence in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Want more Justice? Follow us on our social channels. Download the Justice Catalog and Live Justice app. Visit shopjustice.com for store information and to shop online.
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.
Thirty-One Gifts is one of the world’s largest direct-selling companies, committed to celebrating, encouraging and rewarding others for who they are, offering purses, wallets, totes, home organization solutions, jewelry and more. With a mission to help women by giving them the opportunity to own their own business, we are a company with a compassionate heart, comprised of a family of individuals who share a passion for building confident girls and women. Through our charitable program, Thirty-One Gives, we have a commitment to changing the alarming statistic that a girl’s self-esteem peaks at the age of 9. We are excited to support Girls on the Run and work together to change that statistic and build confident girls.