Polartec Teams Up With Moms and Jobs

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MOJOPolartec has partnered with Moms and Jobs (MoJo), a Boston-based community venture that provides employment opportunities and career development for single mothers in the apparel manufacturing sector. Citing the statistic that over 30 percent of households headed by single mothers are below the poverty line, Polartec will be giving discounted rates on its fabric for use in MoJo's logo-wear and apparel. MoJo employs a full staff of single mothers and the proceeds from their product line will go to providing free childcare, above average wages, healthcare, and educational opportunities.

The North Face Explore Fund Awards $250,000 in Grants for Youth Programs

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tnfefThe North Face Explore Fund, a grant-giving program supporting non-profit organizations that get youth outdoors, has awarded $250,000 to more than 100 projects. The grants are administered by the Outdoor Foundation.In recent years, The North Face, along with industry partners including the Outdoor Foundation, has witnessed a decline in outdoor participation and has made efforts to counteract the trend.

The Outdoor Foundation Releases Findings of 2011 Outdoor Recreation Participation Study

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Outdoor FoundationThere were a whopping 10.1 billion outdoor outings in 2009, and 80 percent of participants say they plan to spend even more time participating in outdoor activities in 2010. These findings are part of the 2010 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report, the only report of its kind tracking participation trends in outdoor recreation and sports with a focus on youth, diversity, and the future of the outdoors.

Woolrich Outfits Scientist Dale Anderson for Antarctic Expedition

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WoolrichThis month Dale Andersen Ph.D., of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, departed on a three-month Antarctic expedition to dive in remote lakes below 20 feet of ice to better understand how microbial life is able to exist in extreme environments. Woolrich is providing Andersen with mid-layers, socks, headwear, and outerwear to use and provide feedback during this and future trips.

CW-X Supports the Cheetah Conservation Fund

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Inspired by their playful ad for the new Revolution tight, CW-X supported the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) by donating two pairs of the limited edition tights to their 20th anniversary dinner silent auction. The ad, which reads, “If cheetahs had to wear tights, these would be their tights. (They’d need a hole for the tail of course),” gave the company the idea to help protect the cheetah, which is severely threatened by human and environmental factors.

Eddie Bauer Sponsors The Explorers Club With Grants and Outfitting

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Explorers ClubEddie Bauer will be sponsoring The Explorers Club through two new grant programs and will act as the club's official outfitter. The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.

San Francisco Lacrosse Fall Classic Supports Programs for Active Youth

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BAYSIn the spirit of promoting athletic activity for underprivileged youth, the Bay Area Youth Sports Foundation (BAYS) will host a lacrosse match between Johns Hopkins University and the University of Notre Dame. The 2nd Annual San Francisco Lacrosse Fall Classic brings these top ranked NCAA Division I teams to Kezar Stadium on Saturday, October 16.

Shipping Bill Has Potential to Remedy Growing Ocean Cargo Rates

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The growing ocean cargo rates that have been affecting many sporting goods companies are being addressed by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James Oberstar. The Chairman introduced the Shipping Act of 2010 on September 23 after the American Footwear and Apparel Association, along with retailers and other major shippers, sent a letter to Chairman Oberstar about the issue and how to address it.

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