Skechers Donates a Million Masks in Partnership With United Way of Greater Los Angeles and Charities
Masks Will Go to Communities in Need in the United States After Fans Dance to Hit Song “Skechers” by DripReport on TikTok—A Track Shared More Than a Billion Times to Date
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Skechers got the world dancing for a cause after dropping a TikTok dance challenge set to the track “Skechers” by DripReport that concluded with the lifestyle company donating one million masks to essential workers and communities in need. Skechers is partnering with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and more charities across the country to deliver the masks directly to those who will most benefit.
Skechers face masks were distributed through United Way of Greater Los Angeles to Supplies Save Lives in July. Masks provided to first responders and homeless in Los Angeles were among the million in total donated by Skechers to communities in need across the United States. (Photo: Business Wire)
The one million masks, which are non-medical, triple-layer surgical style, will be donated to non-profit organizations that typically do not receive PPE from government institutions, with a focus on economic hardship. This includes community and public education centers, health and rehab outreach facilities, plus homeless shelters and food banks in the greater Los Angeles area as well as planned distributions in Chicago, New York City, Detroit and several cities in Florida and New Jersey.
“We’ve been watching TikTok become a driving force that’s keeping so many people connected during this difficult time,” said Robert Greenberg, CEO of Skechers. “After the viral success of DripReport’s ‘Skechers’ on the platform, I knew we had to transform the momentum into a give-back effort—one that ended up involving fans also giving back just by sharing a dance. It’s a beautiful thing, and we’re excited to be working with the United Way and all of our partners on donating a million masks, as we all make a difference together.”
“Throughout the pandemic, two things have flourished: creativity and care," said Elise Bulk, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “It's heartwarming to see fans from around the world express themselves to raise awareness in concert with the charitable efforts of a local business with a global reach like Skechers. As case numbers increase across the Los Angeles area, United Way is proud to partner with Skechers, donating masks where they can protect front-line workers and the most vulnerable people in our community.”
The United Way of Greater Los Angeles will be distributing Skechers masks to shelters, clinics, community centers and food banks throughout the metropolitan region from San Gabriel to Long Beach over the next month. The remaining masks will be distributed to facilities in key vulnerable communities identified and supported by charity partners across the country.
The #MillionMaskChallenge campaign started with announcements by some of the most influential TikTokers including Addison Rae, Loren Gray, Spencer X, Maiko, Avani and the Croes Brothers among others with a combined following of more than 350 million. They asked their fans to create a video dancing to the hit viral track “Skechers” by DripReport, and for every “Skechers” dance shared, the Company agreed to donate up to a million Skechers face masks to essential workers and organizations within communities in need. A congratulatory video from the influencers can be seen here.
“From the start, I wanted to turn this moment into a movement,” said DripReport, who signed with Arista Records earlier this year for the official release of “Skechers”—his first original track. “Part of my goal with the track was to show you can make whatever you wear cool and share a message about self-confidence over material things. When I originally released ‘Skechers’ in January, the world was in a different place. After the track blew up, I love that Skechers and I succeeded in making it stand for so much more.”
The “Skechers” track by DripReport has been nothing short of a phenomenon. “Skechers” spent five weeks on top of the Spotify US Viral Chart—breaking a record set by Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.” Rolling Stone declared it “the most-streamed song in history about…sneakers” and it went on to be shared more than a billion times on TikTok with millions creating and sharing their own dances. GRAMMY®-nominated rapper, singer and songwriter Tyga dropped his own remix of the track in May and DripReport also released his own remix with an animated music video that heavily features Skechers. DripReport first appeared as an Instagram page for sharing remixes of popular hip-hop songs, and eventually grew in popularity with hundreds of millions of views on YouTube and social media for his content.
About Skechers USA, Inc.
Based in Manhattan Beach, California, Skechers (NYSE: SKX) designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle and performance footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The Company’s collections are available in the United States and over 170 countries and territories via department and specialty stores, and direct to consumers through 3,615 Company- and third-party-owned retail stores and e-commerce websites. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, Israel and Mexico, and wholly-owned subsidiaries in Canada, Japan, India, Europe and Latin America. For more information, please visit about.skechers.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.
About United Way of Greater Los Angeles
United Way of Greater Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization fighting to end poverty by preparing students for high school graduation, college, and the workforce, housing our homeless neighbors, and guiding hard-working families towards economic mobility. United Way identifies the root causes of poverty and works strategically to solve them by building alliances across all sectors, funding targeted programs and advocating for change. For more information, visit UnitedWayLA.org and EveryoneInLA.org.
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Released Aug 20, 2020 • 9:00 am EDT