Athleta is excited to partner with Girls on the Run, an organization that mirrors our belief in the strength and ability of women and girls so closely. Courage, self-confidence, and athleticism are core to who the Athleta woman is--we're thrilled that Girls on the Run is helping establish these traits in girls so early on.
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.
Secret has been a national sponsor of Girls on the Run since 2008. 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.
In 2009, Secret challenged girls to write about how Girls on the Run "helped them to be more FEARLESS". Ten winners were selected from an outstanding pool of submissions, and the winning essays are available for viewing on our web site. Lena, a 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, which currently serves consumers in more than 180 countries. 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.
Girls on the Run SoleMates is proud to announce our partnership with Garmin International. Garmin offers innovative products which span a number of interests, including fitness, automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor recreation and wireless applications. Based in Olathe, Kansas, Garmin has been a supporter of the local Girls on the Run council for several years, and became a proud National Sponsor of Girls on the Run SoleMates in 2010. Our partnership provides financial and in-kind support, national marketing and awareness, and the opportunity to partner with an organization committed to community investment.
While the Garmin company has provided local support through sponsorship and the donation of product, Garmin employees have also donated considerable time, treasure and talent to the Girls on the Run of Johnson County council as volunteer coaches, running buddies and SoleMates participants. Rebecca Sommers, Senior Copyright Editor at Garmin, recently wrote about her SoleMates experience: "I can't think of a better way to use my passion to help others than by fundraising for Girls on the Run through SoleMates. I've had the opportunity to experience Girls on the Run from several different roles: coach, volunteer, mother of a participant, board member and fundraiser. All of those roles bring their own set of rewards, but none quite equal the payoff of seeing the Girls on the Run principles lived out by girls in the program."
At Garmin, they walk the walk and talk the talk. The company website states, "We don't just design and sell products, we embrace the lifestyles. From aviation to marine, automotive to fitness, wireless solutions to outdoor recreation, Garmin employees are in the air, on the water, in the woods, behind the wheel and on the run. And we're always thinking of ways to adapt and improve. At Garmin, you never know how the next great idea will be born. But you know it's coming soon." We couldn't say it any better.