GWTC Community Award – LULULEMON

Presented by Jeanne O’Kon and Lisa Unger
January 8, 2023

It is our pleasure to present the Gulf Winds Track Club Community Award. This award goes to an organization which, through financial or other contributions, has supported GWTC and running in the community at large.

The organization being recognized this evening was founded in Canada in 1998, and its first store opened in November 2000 in Vancouver. It is now a multinational retailer and has over 600 stores internationally.

Their brand is rooted in sweaty pursuits, and its purpose is to elevate the world by realizing the full potential within every one of us. For over 20 years the company has worked to create value in communities through movement, mindfulness, and connection. The company has social and environmental commitments and strategies to contribute to a healthier world. The company abides by three mottos: Be human, Be well, and Be planet!

This organization supports the Girls Opportunity Alliance, which aims to empower girls through education, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), which promotes better mental health, and The Trevor Project, which works to end suicide among LGBTQ youth. This campaign has amplified calls to action and building awareness of much-needed wellbeing tools, resources, and support.

The company’s products and actions avoid environmental harm and contribute to restoring a healthy planet. It helps protect workers, local communities, and the environment from the possible impacts of any harmful chemicals. Their goals include reducing carbon emissions across the global supply chain and making 100% of its products with sustainable materials by 2030.

Since establishing itself in Tallahassee, the store managers have frequently opened the business and used resources to promote running programs within Gulf Winds Track Club. Race packet pick-up events have been held at the business, and awards and other perks have been donated for GWTC events. The business sponsored TEN GWTC memberships to individuals who were not currently active members. Nine of the 10 were first-time Club members.

The managers have been instrumental in the success of the Springtime Tallahassee Races, the Palace Saloon 5K, Miller Landing Madness, the Women’s Distance Festival, and other club events in 2022. They enthusiastically embraced the collaboration with GWTC, and even recognized the volunteers with token gifts. The managers also organized a group of store employees that hosted a cheer group water station on the race courses.

This company is truly an organization that has supported GWTC and running in the community at large.

We are honored to present the 2022 Community Award to Scotty Willis, Stacie Jang, and other employees of LULULEMON Tallahassee.