Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. joined together members of the athletic industry on Tuesday, October 16, at New York City's Gotham Hall to celebrate the 12th annual "On Our Feet" fundraising gala. The event has benefitted UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) since 2004, supporting a scholarship program that provides students the opportunity to further their education.
"As a Company, we have always been firmly committed to educational excellence and providing meaningful scholarship programs for our customers and associates," said Ken C. Hicks, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, Foot Locker, Inc. "With scholarships increasingly becoming a critical source of funds in attaining a college education, it is important that we continue to offer options for aspiring students. We are proud to partner with UNCF, an organization that shares our same values, in one of the ways we provide opportunities for students to reach their fullest potential."
Executives from the sports industry, professional athletes, and celebrities, donning traditional black-tie attire while sporting their favorite pair of sneakers, joined footwear companies including, Nike, adidas, Reebok, and Converse, to name a few, to lend their support to this important cause. Celebrity guests, including Carmelo Anthony (NY Knicks), gymnast Gabrielle Douglas (2012 Olympic Gold Medalist), Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons), Michael Boley (NY Giants), and Matthew Morrison (Singer, Actor, Glee), were among those who attended the evening's festivities.
The Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. is the charitable arm of Foot Locker, Inc., a specialty athletic retailer that operates 3,350 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia andNew Zealand. Over the years, Foot Locker, Inc. has developed significant partnerships and programs to improve and enrich the educational opportunities for children across the country, and has awarded over 600 scholarships to outstanding students through all of its programs.
UNCF is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students' education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 38 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country.
In addition to the "On Our Feet" program, Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. provides support for educational and sports programs across the country that empower young people to achieve their goals and be successful in life.
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