Skechers Foundation, a Skechers organization designed to support families and communities in need, announced that it partnered with Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda to host a day at Dodger Stadium on August 1 for members of the Friendship Circle, an organization dedicated to nurturing and inspiring the special needs community. The event included 100 children with special needs and their families, and five children with special needs were given the opportunity to join Lasorda down on the field with the current Dodger players before the first pitch.
The Dodgers event launched a community-wide campaign for the fourth annual Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk – a Nickelodeon-sponsored Southern California event that raises funds for The Friendship Circle and education. Lasorda has co-hosted the Walk since its launch in 2009 and will co-host the 2012 Walk on October 28. Tommy Lasorda commented,
An extension of the Skechers Foundation, The Skechers Pier to Pier Walk gathers donations for Friendship Circle projects such as teen mentorships, support groups and programs for children with special needs and their families, as well as equipment, salaries and supporting materials for compromised schools.