The Skechers Foundation held its eighth annual Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk along with a check presentation ceremony Thursday in California. The foundation awarded $914,000 to six education foundations and $434,000 to The Friendship Foundation, a non-profit that helps special needs children and their families.
Skechers also announced plans to expand scholarship program four-fold this year, giving $100,000 to high-school students in need across the US. The foundation will award deserving high-school seniors, $1000-$5000. Administered by Scholarship America, The Skechers Foundation chooses the winners based on financial need, academic performance, athletic abilities and leadership qualities.
“We’re thrilled to see how much the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk has grown in its eight years – from a passionate local movement of 1,000 that raised $220,000 in 2008, to more than 12,000 people rallying to raise a record $1.6 million for children with special needs and education,” said Skechers President Michael Greenberg. “It has been an incredible experience to see the life-changing opportunities that the Walk has created for children – and with the national expansion of our scholarship program, we can make an even greater impact on future generations.”
With over 54,000 participants in the walk since the event’s beginning, the event has raised over $7 million towards The Friendship Foundation, as well as other educational foundations trying to better the school experience.