BOULDER, COLO (September 8, 2011) Renowned for supporting and outfitting progressive athletes and World Cup skiers on and off the mountain, Spyder is extending its support to the sons and daughters of fallen service members by collaborating with the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in combat or training accidents.
The two organizations have launched a special edition hat to promote the need for debt-free college educations. The Fallen Patriot Hat (MSRP $40.00) was developed exclusively to support CFPF and proudly bears the Fallen Patriot logo, a profile of the iconic Minute Man. For every Fallen Patriot hat sold, Spyder will donate money to CFPF. With all of the foundation’s operating expenses covered by volunteers, every dollar donated goes to aid the children.
Tom McGann, president and CEO of Spyder, serves on the foundation’s board of advisers. "The Children of Fallen Patriots provides far more than just financial support for a college education,” McGann said. “The encouragement and emotional support the foundation provides inspires military children to attain their educational aspirations, which is critical to their future success. We’re raising awareness and fund raising through this initial special edition hat. I strongly encourage everyone to get involved and create a positive future for the children of our fallen patriots.”
Since its inception in 2002, CFPF has granted over $2.2 million in scholarships to more than180 children and started a pipeline for 1,400 more. CFPF estimates that over 15,000 children have lost a parent in combat or training accidents over the last 25 years.
The Fallen Patriot hat will be available beginning October 2011 at retailers who support the program. Consumers may find links to purchase the beanie and support the cause by visiting www.spyder.com. Click on www.fallenpatriots.org to support the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.
About Spyder Active Sports
Renowned for integrating high-tech fabrics, fashion and functionality, Spyder is the world’s leading skiwear and mountain-based apparel brand. Launched in 1978 with the development of revolutionary padded slalom race sweaters, the iconic brand continues to develop progressive apparel season after season. Rigorously tested by top athletes across the world including the US and Canadian Alpine Ski Teams plus big mountain, freeski, and park and pipe professional skiers. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Spyder products are distributed in over 50 countries worldwide. For more information and to view the current collection, please visit www.spyder.com
About Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
The Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation was established in 2002 and provides college scholarships and educational counseling to families of the U.S. Military personnel who were killed in the line of duty. CFPF’s vision is that every such child can have a debt-free college education. Financial resources are vital to enhancing the sustainability of the family unit who has suffered a loss because their loved one sacrificed themselves for our freedom. CFPF is a 501(C)(3) foundation. For more information or to donate, please visit