29 Palms, CA | Mydesert.com | June 19th, 2013
Fila, the official apparel and footwear sponsor of theBNP Paribas Open, donated about $48,000 in fitness and lifestyle apparel and footwear to the Armed Services YMCA Twentynine Palms, a non-profit beneficiary of The Champions Volunteer Foundation.
The Champions Volunteer Foundation, the primary beneficiary of the BNP Paribas Open – played in March at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, raises funds for charitable purposes, including, youth recreational, educational and well-care programs.
The Fila products range from women’s fitness capri pants, tank tops, pants, jackets, short sleeve tops; men’s fitness jackets and pants, warm-ups, sweaters and tee shirts; and training and lifestyle shoes for men, women and children.
Fila, a Premier Sponsor of the BNP Paribas Open, selected Armed Services YMCA from many of The Champions Volunteer Foundation’s non-profit beneficiaries based on a variety of factors including frequency and type of physical training exercises.
“Marines must train daily,” said Anita Neu-Fultz, Executive Director, Armed Services YMCA Twentynine Palms. “This generous donation from Fila will allow them to train wearing clothes that offer the highest level of comfort and performance. Thank you so much to Fila, The Champions Volunteer Foundation and the BNP Paribas Open for giving our Marines this wonderful and important gift.”
“We are thrilled to donate Fila apparel and footwear to active duty servicemen and women and their families through this deserving organization,” said Jennifer Estabrook, Fila executive vice president of business operations. “The programming and support that the Armed Services YMCA provides to military families is outstanding and not only makes a difference in their lives, but makes military life easier.”
The following are quotes taken from thank you letters to Fila:
“FILA, thank you so much for the sports attire it means a lot to us military members as well as our family members. We do what we do every day for America not as a job but as a devoted duty and this simple little token of appreciation means a lot to us. Thank you for this opportunity.” – R/S, SSgt Glynn (Headquarters Battalion)
“To the “Y” and FILA for providing us the opportunity to wear some great sports gear: As a US Marine we need great gear during our workouts on a daily basis. It is highly appreciated!” -Sgt Perez
“Thank you all for what you do for military families. They always talk about what we do for our country but never about how you all support us in the same way. Thank you.” Sgt Thompson
“Thank you for everything you’ve don’t for us. Your support is greatly appreciated. When I found out about it I knew that I would be able to get the things I really need for my physical training. Thank you so much.” -Robert
About the BNP Paribas Open
The BNP Paribas Open is the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world, offers more than $12,000,000 in prize money, and is the only event to provide the Hawkeye line challenge system on all match courts. In 2013, more than 380,000 people attended the event. Visit www.bnpparibasopen.com for more information.
The Fila brand was established over a century ago by the Fila brothers of Biella, Italy. Fila is now a leading sport and leisure footwear and apparel brand that is distributed worldwide. Fila has achieved world-class recognition in the world of tennis by marketing high design and style content products that are endorsed by professional athletes from around the world.
About The Champions Volunteer Foundation
The Champions Volunteer Foundation is the primary beneficiary of the BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament and is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization which recruits more than 1,000 volunteers who donate their time to raise funds for charitable purposes, including, but not limited to, youth recreational, educational and well-care programs. The Foundation volunteers have also worked the Indian Wells Arts Festival and concerts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
About Armed Services YMCA Twentynine Palm
Since the Civil War, the Armed Services YMCA has consistently provided educational, recreational, social, and spiritual programs to military members and their families. An affiliate of the YMCA of the USA for over 150 years and headquartered in Virginia, the Armed Services Twentynine Palms was established locally in 1992 and is located on the Marine base in Twentynine Palms in Building 192 and Building 193 and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that directly serves the active duty and their military families stationed in Twentynine Palms through donations by individuals, fraternal organizations, business, and foundations. The Armed Services YMCA Twentynine Palms’ focus is on junior enlisted, E-5 (Sergeant) and below, but no active duty personnel or military family member is ever turned away. The Armed Services Twentynine Palms does not duplicate any benefits, resources, or services provided by the military or any other organization aboard the Marine base, nor does it receive any government funding.