Saucony Announces Collaboration with Children’s Hospitals Across the U.S. and Canada To Empower Kids Through Design
WALTHAM, Mass. – July 29, 2021— Global performance running lifestyle brand Saucony, today announced its latest Run For Good Children’s Program with children’s hospitals across the country. Saucony is uniting with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Boston’s Children’s Hospital, The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans with the help of young patients to create limited-edition footwear and apparel collections and raise money for the children’s hospitals or their designated charity.
This latest collaboration builds upon the Saucony Run For Good Foundation, the brand’s existing philanthropic platform. The Foundation, established in 2006 to help combat childhood obesity, has been an industry leader in supporting nationwide efforts to ensure that children in the U.S. can grow up healthy and fit. Over the past 15 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million dollars in grants to approximately 200 schools and community organizations all dedicated to preventing childhood obesity through running and proper nutrition.
For this extraordinary design initiative, each young patient inspired Saucony designers to create footwear and apparel that expressed their personal stories. Twenty percent of every sale from these collections will be donated to the children’s hospitals or their designated charity, for a minimum donation of $200,000 collectively. Please visit www.saucony.com/en/rfgchildrensprogram to learn more.
“‘Run For Good’” is an invitation to people everywhere, especially our children, to experience the transformative power of running,” said Anne Cavassa, president of Saucony. “These collections authentically reflect the personalities and dreams of each patient-artist. By sharing their life stories and playful energy through their footwear and apparel designs, these kids are a source of hope and inspiration to not only other patients and their families, but for anyone who needs some goodness in their life right now. This project has been very close to the hearts of everyone at Saucony and we know the running community will also fully embrace its joy and significance.”
The four limited-edition footwear collections will feature a range of performance and lifestyle sneakers, along with apparel. The first collection launches in partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on August 6th. The full schedule of launches and styles features:
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Available August 6th
- The Endorphin Pro 2 inspired by Kellen – $200 USD
- The Endorphin Speed 2 inspired by Zeke – $160 USD
- The Endorphin Shift 2 inspired by Kaleb – $140 USD
- The Kinvara 12 inspired by Lexy – $110 USD
- The Ride 14 inspired by Dani – $130 USD
- The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Available September 1st
- The Axon inspired by Tahcari – $110 USD/$129.95 CAD
- The Hornet inspired by Faith – $85 USD/$84.95 CAD
- The Endorphin Shift 2 inspired by Jason – $180 USD/$179.95 CAD
- The Jazz Court inspired by Safira – $120 USD/$119.95 CAD
- The Kinvara 12 inspired by Camren – $140 USD/$139.95 CAD
- The Ride 14 inspired by Anisa – $165 USD/$164.95 CAD
- Boston’s Children’s Hospital, Available September 8th
- The Endorphin Speed inspired by Wyatt – $160 USD
- The Freedom 4 inspired by Chauncy – $150 USD
- The Jazz 81 inspired by Fiona – $100 USD
- The Jazz Court inspired by Jake – $90 USD
- The Kinvara 12 inspired by Ryan – $110 USD
- The Ride 14 inspired by Ela – $130 USD
- Stopwatch Singlet inspired by Wyatt – $28 USD
- Rested Hoody inspired by Fiona – $75 USD
- Stopwatch Short Sleeve inspired by Ryan – $32 USD
- Outpace 3” Short inspired by Ela – $40 USD
- Rested Short Sleeve inspired by Chauncy – $28 USD
- Saucony Foam Trucker Hat inspired by Jake – $25 USD
- Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, Available Spring 2022
- Styles to be released in 2022
The unisex sneaker styles range from $90-$200 USD and apparel styles range from $25-$75 USD in price, and will be available for purchase on Saucony.com and select stores starting on August 6, 2021. To view the full video and learn more about how Saucony is raising awareness surrounding this topic, please click here.
For more information, please visit www.saucony.com/en/rfgchildrensprogram for more information.
Saucony, a division of Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW), is a leading global running lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation, and style to create compelling footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals. Founded in 1898, Saucony exists to empower the human spirit−with every stride, on every run, in every community. Its award-winning innovations include EVERUN™, ISOFIT™, FORMFIT™, Geometry of Strong™, and the Total Run System™ apparel line. At Saucony, a good day is when we get to run. A great day is when we inspire someone else to run. For more information, go to www.saucony.com
ABOUT CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA
As the only freestanding pediatric healthcare system in Georgia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is the trusted leader in caring for kids. The not-for-profit organization’s mission is to make kids better today and healthier tomorrow through more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs, including the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is a national leader among childhood cancer, hematology and blood and marrow transplant programs, serving children and young adults. Recognized as one of the top childhood cancer centers in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center cares for more than 500 newly diagnosed cancer patients and treats more than 2,000 unique sickle cell disease patients each year. The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center has impacted the lives of kids in Georgia, across the United States and around the world. Visit choa.org/fightcancer for more information.
ABOUT BOSTON’S CHILDREN HOSPITAL
Boston Children’s Hospital is ranked the #1 children’s hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. Today, 3,000 researchers and scientific staff, including 9 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 23 members of the National Academy of Medicine and 12 Howard Hughes Medical Investigators comprise Boston Children’s research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s is now a 415-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care. For more, visit our Answers blog and follow us on social media @BostonChildrens, @BCH_Innovation, Facebook and YouTube.
ABOUT THE HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN
Canada’s most research-intensive hospital and the largest center dedicated to improving children’s health in the country. SickKids is committed to being a safe space for all of our patients and families, staff, learners, and volunteers, where everyone can feel seen, heard, and valued as part of our equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts.
ABOUT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF NEW ORLEANS
Children’s Hospital New Orleans is a 222-bed, non-profit academic pediatric medical center that offers comprehensive healthcare. With over 40 pediatric specialties and more than 400 physicians, Children’s Hospital New Orleans is the first and largest full-service hospital exclusively for children in Louisiana and the Gulf South. For more than 65 years, Children’s Hospital has had an unwavering commitment to provide the best care for every child, regardless of his or her family’s ability to pay. Children’s Hospital is dedicated to shaping a better future for kids, with an unprecedented, $300 million campus transformation project which expands the hospital’s footprint by 235,000 square feet. The project, nearing completion, includes a new medical tower with expanded cancer, emergency, cardiac intensive care, and surgical centers, along with a 51-bed, free-standing behavioral health hospital – one of the largest in the U.S. Children’s Hospital is proud to be the only pediatric facility in the state of Louisiana to incorporate two academic pediatric medical programs under one roof. Through partnerships with LSU Health New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine, the vibrant academic medical community at Children’s Hospital provides unparalleled opportunities for educational enhancement, innovation, and improved access to high quality pediatric healthcare. Children’s Hospital is the proud founding member of LCMC Health, the second largest, not-for-profit hospital system in Louisiana. For more, visit chnola.org and follow us on social media @CHNOLA, @Childrenshospitalnola, Facebook and YouTube.