by MR Magazine Staff

The Foot Locker Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Foot Locker, Inc., the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, joined together members of the footwear, fashion, and athletic industries for its annual “On Our Feet” fundraising gala on Thursday, June 2nd at New York City’s Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers.

ABOVE: Shaheen Holloway, head coach of men’s basketball at Seton Hall. Photo courtesy of Foot Locker, Inc.

This year’s event theme, “Getting Back On Our Feet,” was a celebration of how far we’ve come in the past two years and an important reminder of the work that lies ahead to improve upward mobility for young people and build a more equitable and inclusive future for all.

“The On Our Feet gala has long spotlighted the importance of community service, empowerment, and investing in the next generation of changemakers,” said Richard Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Foot Locker, Inc. “This year’s event is particularly poignant as we get back on our feet to acknowledge how much progress we’ve made together and the opportunities that lie ahead. Now, more than ever, we must take a critical eye to how we invest in initiatives and programs that can affect real change in communities across the country.”

Shaheen Holloway, Flo Ngala, CFO Andrew Page, CEO Dick Johnson, Hillary Ramos Espinoza, Elizabeth Norberg, CMO Jed Berger, and Christian Crosby. Photo courtesy of Foot Locker, Inc.

Representatives from sports and athletic retailers such as Nike, Adidas, Converse, Puma, Champion, Crocs, New Balance, Reebok, Under Armour, and Vans were in attendance alongside the event’s Guest of Honor, Shaheen Holloway, who joined the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, Christian Crosby, for an on-stage interview about community investment, perseverance, and the importance of giving back.

“Investing in our communities and youth is key to building a stronger future where we all thrive,” said Shaheen Holloway, head coach of men’s basketball at Seton Hall. “I’m proud to be part of the Foot Locker Foundation’s ‘On Our Feet’ gala, which supports initiatives and causes dedicated to empowering and uplifting the next generation.”

For more than 20 years, the Foot Locker Foundation has provided support for youth initiatives and programs that seek to improve upward mobility and empower communities. In addition to the Foot Locker Scholarship Program, the Foundation supports the mission of organizations like UNCF, Two Ten Footwear Foundation, and the Boys & Girls Club of America.