Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Raises Over $1.8 Million to Support Children With Special Needs and Education During COVID-19

Feb 11, 2021 • 3:36 pm EST

Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk

The Skechers Foundation Has Fundraised More Than $15 Million Since 2009 for Children with Special Needs, Public Schools and National Scholarships 

The Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk

The Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk celebrated its 12th year, which raised over $1.8 million for children with special needs and education. Shown (L to R): Anne Kelly of Skechers Foundation, Nina Patel and Rabbi Yossi Mintz of Friendship Foundation, and Robin Curren of Skechers Foundation.

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA. – February 11, 2021 – The Skechers Foundation continued its Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk’s 12-year fundraising commitment to children with special needs and education during COVID-19, raising over $1.8 million for its first-ever virtual event – boosting its donation total to over $15 million for children to date. Supported by headlining media sponsor NBC4 Southern California and more than 100 companies, the annual event was celebrated by Skechers executives and foundation donation recipients, who participated in a socially distanced check presentation at Skechers’ retail store in Manhattan Beach, California on Tuesday, February 9.

The Foundation presented $500,000 to the non-profit organization Friendship Foundation for children with special needs and their families, as well as nearly $1 million in checks for six education foundations – helping to fund critical staffing and school programs including foreign language, music, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, as well as distance learning, education intervention and counseling support. The Skechers Foundation also expanded the size of its annual scholarship program, awarding $200,000 to exceptional high school students nationwide for the fourth year in a row.

“Like so many of our children, the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk confronted this past year’s challenges head-on – thanks to the support of thousands of virtual walkers, passionate celebrities and incredible sponsors in our community,” said Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers and co-founder of the Walk. “We are indebted to all of the wonderful students and teachers, our headlining performer America’s Got Talent superstar Kodi Lee and dozens of entertainment, sports and fitness icons who rallied for our virtual event this past year – along with so many generous businesses like our media sponsor NBC4, and all of the companies that have supported our kids when they needed it the most.”

Added Greenberg: “One of our Walk’s most passionate supporters was the late, great baseball legend Tommy Lasorda, a Walk board member who helped bring this event to our community. He saw its incredible potential from day one, and every year, would marvel at how much the crowds have grown. I’m so proud to celebrate our Walk as one of his great legacies – a tradition that will continue to support thousands of children for generations to come.”

Historically California’s largest event for children with special needs and education, the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk has grown to gather more than 17,000 annual registrants at the Manhattan Beach Pier every October in celebration of children. Celebrity supporters over the years have included guests and emcees such as Jimmy Kimmel, Brooke Burke and NBC4 investigative reporter Lolita Lopez; athletic legends Sugar Ray Leonard, Tony Romo, Howie Long, Matt Kuchar and Brooke Henderson; fitness guru Denise Austin; performers Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja and Dallas Young; and numerous YouTubers, Nickelodeon and Disney network stars.

The Skechers Foundation’s college scholarship program offers scholarships to high school seniors based on financial need and achievements in academics, athletics and leadership. Administered by Scholarship America®, the application at will be available to all high school seniors in the United States in spring 2021. 

The Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk thanks its headlining media sponsor NBC4 as well as more than 100 other companies who have supported thousands of children, including Gelson’s, United Legwear & Apparel, The CET Foundation, Moose Toys, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Petco Foundation, Steel Sports, Vertra, Chevron, McCarthy Construction, Dakine, Aptos Retail, CAA-GBG, Continental Development, Mattel, Marshalls, WSS, O’Melveny, Halo Life, Ross Dress for Less, Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, Suntech, Caskey & Caskey and Associates, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Stroyke Properties.

To learn more about the annual Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk and watch the Walk’s latest virtual event, please visit or YouTube, and follow the Walk on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Skechers Foundation

The Skechers Foundation was established to provide families around the world with the necessities and skills to succeed in life. In addition to organizing the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, the Skechers Foundation funds tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that provide education and job training, shoes, clothing, fitness and nutrition guidance to communities in need.


Based in Manhattan Beach, California, Skechers 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 3,891 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 and follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and TikTok.

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