SportsOneSource Comes on Board as a New Platinum Sponsor of the 2015 Outsiders Ball

Outsiders Ball 2015
2015 Outsiders Ball
The Outdoor Foundation
The Outdoor Foundation

Washington DC (August 3, 2015) – The Outdoor Foundation, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor leaders, today announced that The SportsOneSource Group, the leading Internet portal for the active lifestyle industry, has signed on as a Platinum Sponsor of the 2015 Outsiders Ball.

“The Outdoor Foundation has been a cornerstone of the outdoor industry’s growth for over 15 years,” explained James Hartford, CEO at The SportsOneSource Group. “The industry we all call home must in turn support the Foundation and its initiatives to enroll young people in the active outdoor lifestyle we all. The Outsiders Ball project is one of the key programs that help fund these initiatives. We couldn’t be more honored to partner with the Outdoor Foundation on this very special event.”

The goal of the Outsiders Ball is to engage the entire outdoor industry in its most critical issue — getting young people outside and active. The funding raised through the Ball will go to support campus and community projects across the country, many supported by specialty retailers. Tickets are available now for this year’s Ball, which will be held on August 4th, night 0 of ORSM, at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“This memorable evening brings the outdoor industry together to fight the growing divide between young people and the outdoors — addressing childhood obesity, environmental apathy and the overall decline in outdoor engagement,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of the Outdoor Foundation. “Thanks in part to the generous support of The SportsOneSource Group, the event will help engage thousands of young people in outdoor activities and fund retailer-endorsed community projects across the country.”

The goal of the Outsider’s Ball is to help combat the inactivity crisis prevalent among youth and young adults in America. The statistics are staggering. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average young person today spends eight hours in front of a screen and only eight minutes outside and active.

Over the last two years, industry leaders have joined together to rally around one common cause – inspiring a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts. Hosted by the Outdoor Foundation, Outsiders Ball has raised over $700,000 to support 200 community projects across the country – many recommended by local retailers.

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The Outdoor Foundation

The Outdoor Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor leaders and enthusiasts. Through groundbreaking research, youth engagement and community grant-making, the Foundation works with young leaders and partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors. In just five years, the Foundation has invested $4 million into 500 not-for-profit and college programs that have connected 200,00 young people to the outdoors. Importantly, 90¢ of every dollar goes directly into this critical work.

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About The SportsOneSource Group

The SportsOneSource Group manages a global collaborative communication platform serving the active lifestyle market enabling retailers, manufacturers, brands and industry professionals to develop broader networks of information, solutions and people to manage and grow successful, profitable businesses. The company’s unique proposition provides a collection of proprietary tools that deliver information, news, analysis, sales trending data, consumer sentiment measurement and networking capabilities to over 150,000 active lifestyle participants around the world though its four pillars: SSI Data, SSI Research, SGB Media and SGB Jobs.

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