Employees of one of the worlds largest brands and manufacturers of shoes, clothing and accessories are coming to Aquidneck Island to give back.

On Thursday, September 14th, employees from adidas will be coming to the Newport County YMCA to donate sports equipment and their time training Y staff. The relationship came from Steven Noble, whose son Ewan, was introduced to the Y through volunteering. On September 14th, a group of 10 adidas employees will have a meeting in Newport and as part of their day, they wanted to organize a community give back event.

“At adidas, our core belief is that through sport we have the power to change lives. Collaborating with the YMCA for this social purpose event will provide an opportunity for us to live and breathe that belief. After the positive experience, my son had volunteered with the Y, we knew they would be the perfect organization to partner with,” said Steven Noble, Sales Director-East of adidas in a news release.

The schedule for the day includes training sessions in soccer, basketball and leadership, a soccer scrimmage with Y staff and adidas staff, fun on the Y’s Outdoor Adventure Center and more. adidas will also be gifting the Y sporting equipment such as soccer balls, cones and youth kits.

“The Newport County YMCA was touched (that) adidas chose us as their charity of choice in Newport County. The equipment they gift the Y, as well as the training experience, will go far ensuring the Y reach our mission of healthy well-being, social responsibility and youth development,” said Mike Miller, CEO of Newport County YMCA in the release.

For more information on the Newport County YMCA, visit www.newportcountyymca.org.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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