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ION Humanitarion Wire: Cotopaxi Partners with Mercy Corps Raising Funds for Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine

ION UKRAINE – (March 15, 2022) B Corp and impact driven brand Cotopaxi, is driving awareness and raising funds for the ongoing humanitarian  crisis in Ukraine.  In alignment with their goal to eradicate global poverty and support major humanitarian and human rights change, Cotopaxi is encouraging people to join in supporting Ukraine refugees through the Cotopaxi Foundation and its partnership with Mercy Corps.  Now through April 15, Cotopaxi will match up to $10,000 in consumer and employee donations, allocating 100% of funds raised to the cause.

The humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Ukraine is threatening lives, infrastructure and livelihoods, driving food shortages, and causing significant mass displacement.  Almost 3  million people have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict, and it is estimated there could be 4 million Ukrainian refugees in the region if the conflict continues. The crisis is on track to become Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II. Cotopaxi’s foundational purpose as a disruptor of capitalism and proponent of conscious consumerism, is to support the global population and eradicate poverty.

Through the Cotopaxi Foundation, donations will  be allocated to Mercy Corps, one of the most recognized global humanitarian organizations helping people recovering from crises. Mercy Corps has team members on the ground in Ukraine, Poland, and Romania, working quickly to understand the evolving needs as they respond. They are currently funding local organizations that know their community needs best and are already working to meet urgent needs, distributing items like medical supplies and food stables as well as supporting marginalized groups like third-country nationals crossing from Ukraine into neighboring countries As their response gets underway, they plan to provide emergency cash assistance and connect people on the move with information, such as where to access basic services, information on safe routes, and legal rights.

To learn more about Mercy Corps, Cotopaxi’s partnership, and ways you can support the Ukraine Crisis, visit Cotopaxi’s blog, or donate here.

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ION ActionSports Wire: Vans encourages No Compliance

Collection features Vans Skate Half Cab, Vans Skate Grosso Mid, Vans Slip-On Trek, along with apparel and accessories

ION AUSTIN, TX (March 13, 2022) Locally grown in Austin, Texas, No-Comply Skateshop celebrates 15 years with the release of their third exclusive collaboration with Vans Skateboarding. No-Comply is honored to have its endeavors represented by the art and memory of Austin legend Daniel Johnston. A portion of the footwear sales will benefit the ‘Hi, How Are You Project’ and its mission to encourage open conversations around mental health.

With the creation of the third Vans x No-Comply x Daniel Johnston collection, No-Comply had the opportunity to continue their partnership by supporting The Contemporary Austin in their exhibition “I Live My Broken Dreams”, Daniel Johnston’s first ever museum exhibition, currently on display through March 20th; and also by supporting a Daniel Johnston mural on the wall of The Contemporary Austin. The experience of their exclusive release will include a viewing of the mural, followed by a walk through of the full exhibition and an invitation to the celebration on March 19th.

The collection features a Vans Skate Half Cab, Vans Skate Grosso Mid, Vans Slip-On Trek, plus apparel and accessories. The Vans Skate Grosso Mid and Vans Slip-on Trek will be sold exclusively through No-Comply Skateshop. The Vans x No-Comply collection will be released as an experience and “pop up store” in The Contemporary Austin at the Jones Center, Saturday, March 19, 2022 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, March 20, 2022 from 12pm to 3pm (includes gift with purchase). The online release will be 7pm Sunday, March 20, 2022 at nocomplyatx.com. Followed by a release at finer Vans skate retailers globally on March 24, 2022. Please visit The Drop List, a calendar of Vans’ most exclusive product drops, for more information and where to purchase.

About Vans

Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans® authentic collections are sold in 97 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans® has over 2,000 retail locations globally including owned, concession and partnership doors. The Vans® brand promotes creative self-expression in youth culture across action sports, art, music and street culture and delivers progressive platforms such as Vans Checkerboard DayVans Park SeriesVans Triple Crown of Surfing®Vans Custom Culture, and Vanscultural hub and international music venue, House of Vans.

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ION Nutrition Wire: Chicago Vegan Foods still under age at 20

20 Years of Family Owned,Vegan Ionnovation

ION Chicago, IL – Chicago Vegan Foods, which introduced Dandies, the first internationally available vegan and gelatin-free marshmallow, is turning 20 years old this year. Family owned and self-funded, the vegan food company continues to innovate in the plant-based category with its takes on classic comfort foods.

With their beginnings traced back to the ‘90s animal rights movement, founders Ryan Howard and Dan Ziegler started Chicago Vegan Foods in 2001 to channel their activism into a business that could help bring awareness to animal rights and create alternatives to products that were harmful to animals and the environment. The company got its start making Temptation Vegan Frozen Dessert (which evolved to include Temptation Vegan Soft Serve) and Teese Vegan Cheese. In 2010, their flagship product, Dandies Marshmallows, launched into stores. With a taste and texture indistinguishable from conventional marshmallows, Dandies have become the go-to ingredient for baked goods, campfire s’mores, and hot cocoa. Made with no artificial flavors or colors, no corn syrup, no gelatin, and free from gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, corn, peanuts and tree nuts, these vegan marshmallows are also a better-for-you and allergy-friendly version of the classic confection. Today, Dandies is a top-selling item in the U.S. natural channel and sold at conventional and natural grocers across the U.S. and Canada, plus select retailers in the U.K. as of summer 2020. Dandies are a popular item for foodservice and industrial applications as well. Propelled by the success of Dandies, Chicago Vegan Foods has experienced 40x growth over the past 10 years. An expansion into a 40,000 square foot SQF certified facility in 2018 allowed the company to meet growing demand with increased capacity, automated production, and customized, state-of-the-art equipment. The company is currently ramping up for a new line of plant-based product offerings in new categories launching under the Dandies brand for 2022.

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ION Nutrition Wire: Dandies Marshmallows Plants Another

Chicago Vegan Foods brings maple iongredients to flavor forefront

ION Chicago, IL – Chicago Vegan Foods is expanding its flagship lineup of popular, plant-based marshmallows to include a delicious new flavor addition: Maple! Made with better-for-you ingredients and perfectly flavored with real maple syrup, Dandies Maple Marshmallows make for a delicious snacking treat, are a versatile baking ingredient (think maple-flavored crisp rice treats), and can be used to top a cup of coffee or hot cocoa! Like the brand’s original, top-selling vanilla marshmallows, Dandies Maple Marshmallows contain no artificial flavors or colors, no corn syrup, no gelatin, and no gluten. Produced in the company’s dedicated vegan and nut-free facility, the treats are also free of the common allergens wheat, dairy, eggs, corn, peanuts, and tree nuts, along with being vegetarian friendly, certified kosher and Non-GMO Project Verified. Shared Dan Reed, “The delicate sweetness and fluffy texture of our maple flavored plant-based marshmallows is appealing to a range of health-conscious consumers craving a creative, uniquely flavored sweet snack they can feel good about.” Packaged in convenient, 5oz snack-size bags that have a shelf life of seven months, Dandies Maple Flavored Marshmallows are available for retailers nationwide to carry for an SRP of $3.69. Contact info@chicagoveganfoods.com for information about retail displays containing 10 units and 40-unit shippers. Dandies are also available for foodservice and industrial customers.

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ION SportsWire: LA Park of Champions to add Beach Volleyball Stadium


ION LOS ANGELES (10 February 2021) The ION Sports Network inspired Wilmington Athletic Complex, located just north of PCH on Figueroa, is adding a world class Beach Volleyball Stadium to its LA Park of Champions™ “complexion transformation” and portfolio.

With five Championship courts planned for summer 2021 completion – the unique five court Beach Volleyball Stadium will host and serve the local Wilmington, LA Harbor and South Bay Beach community, and dozens of LA County middle school, high school and Club Beach Volleyball teams, along with Collegiate Beach Volleyball, USA and Pro Beach Volleyball League destination and training facility.

Complementing four fields for Softball and Baseball, along with six acres for Football and Soccer – including AYSO and Steel Sports, the LA Park of Champions is rising fast as a National tournament and event venue.

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ION SportsWire: Forty three named to USA Beach Volleyball Collegiate Team

ION COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. (July 14, 2020) – Twenty-nine women and 14 men have been named to the 2020 U.S. Beach Collegiate National Team.

The athletes represent a total of 30 colleges and universities from around the country.

Players were nominated to the team by their coaches and selected based on their collegiate rankings.

Training plans for the team are on hold while the country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The head coach for the women’s team is 1996 Olympian and longtime beach volleyball high performance coach Barbra Fontana. She will be assisted by Hector Gutierrez, head coach of Texas Christian beach volleyball and Russell Brock, head coach of Louisiana State beach volleyball.

Head coach of the men’s teams is John Mayer, former U.S. National Team member and Loyola Marymount beach volleyball head coach. He will be assisted by two-time Olympian and 2008 gold medalist Riley Salmon, head men’s volleyball coach at the University of Jamestown.

Women

Name (Height, College, Hometown)
Kelli Agnew (5-9, Louisiana State, Glendale, Ariz.)
Bella Bauman (6-0, Grand Canyon, Wheaton, Ill.)
Brooke Buchner (5-11, Cal, La Jolla, Calif.)
Payton Caffrey (6-0, Florida State, Chuluota, Fla.)
Alaina Chacon (5-9, Florida State, Crown Point, Ind.)
Claire Coppola – left in photo (6-1, Louisiana State, Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Teagan Defalco (5-8, Grand Canyon, Long Beach, Calif.)
Kyla Doig (6-0, Southern California, Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Hunter Domanski (5-10, Louisiana State, New Braunfels, Texas)
Charlie Ekstrom (6-1, Stanford, San Diego, Calif.)
Kylie Grandy (5-10, Southern Miss., Rolesville, N.C.) 
Haley Hallgren (6-1, Southern California, Southlake, Texas)
Hailey Harward (5-9, Southern California, Phoenix, Ariz.)
Taryn Kloth (6-4, Louisiana State, Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Iya Lindahl (5-8, Cal, San Diego, Calif.)
Lexi Mcleod (6-1, Cal State Northridge, Bakersfield, Calif.)
Mima Mirkovic (5-11, Cal, Irvine, Calif.)
Mari Molina (5-6, Long Beach State, Corte Madera, Calif.)
Sydney Moore (5-6, Louisiana State, Pickering, Ohio)
Audrey Nourse (5-11, Southern California, Newport Beach, Calif.)
Nicole Nourse (5-11, Southern California, Newport Beach, Calif.)
Kristen  Nuss – right in photo (5-6, Louisiana State, New Orleans, La.)
Carly Perales (5-9, Stetson, Round Rock, Texas)
Jordan Polo (5-11, Cal, Danville, Calif.)
Sara Putt (5-11, Florida State, Jupiter, Fla.)
Jacqueline Quade (6-2, UCLA, Fort Wayne, Ind.)
Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope (5-11, Louisiana State, Dallas, Texas)
Savvy Simo (5-10, UCLA, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
Lindsey Sparks (5-8, UCLA, Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Tyler Spriggs (6-1, Long Beach State, Los Angeles)
Jasmin Suarez (5-7, St. Mary’s College of California, Corona, Calif.)
Torrey Van Winden (6-3, Cal Poly SLO, Napa, Calif.)
Abby Van Winkle (6-2, UCLA, San Clemente, Calif.)
Sunny Villapando (5-9, Stanford, Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Liz Waters-Leiga (5-11, Florida State, San Leandro, Calif.)
Maria Whalen (6-1, Cal Poly SLO, Wausau, Wis.)

Head Coach: Barbra Fontana
Assistant Coach: Hector Gutierrez
Assistant Coach: Russell Brock

Men

Name (Height, College , Hometown)
Jonny Bowles (6-7, UC Irvine, Chandler, Ariz.)
Timothy Brewster (6-1, UCLA, Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Inaki Bustamante (6-5, Lewis Univ., Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Caylor Cox (5-10, Univ. of Jamestown, Helena, Mont.)
Will Eiken (6-9, Lincoln Memorial Univ., Dayton, Ohio)
Johnny Ferraro (6-3, Saint Francis, New City, N.Y.)
Matt Gentry (6-7, Lincoln Memorial Univ., Bowling Green, Ky.)    
Sammy Gibson (6-0, University of Tampa, Long Beach, N.Y.)
Mihajlo Gomez (6-5, Loras College, Gurnee, Ill.)
Carlos Jiminez (6-0, Lewis Univ., Miami Beach, Fla.)
Logan Kerley (6-3, Lincoln Memorial Univ., Penn Valley, Calif.)
Chris Ludwig (6-2, Webber Univ., Fort Pierce, Fla.)
Jorge Pando (6-0, Rockford Univ., San Juan, Puerto Rico) 
Vaughn Ramsey (6-6, Vassar, Greenwood Village, Colo.)
Charlie Siragusa (6-8, UC San Diego, Rochester, N.Y.)
Dawson Walker (6-6, Lincoln Memorial Univ., Englewood, Ohio)

Head Coach: John Mayer 
Assistant Coach: Riley Salmon

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ION SportsWire: 2020 Vans US Open of Surfing Canceled

ION HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA 2020.06.15

Continued health concerns and current guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch has been canceled and will return in 2021.The decision to cancel was made after careful consideration, with the health and safety of fans, athletes, staff, and the local community remaining the top priority.

Event organizers look forward to providing the best experience possible for attendees at the famed southside of the Huntington Beach Pier in 2021, which will once again, bring together an international board sports community for the largest professional action sports competition and festival in the world.

Carly Gomez, VP of Marketing, Americas at Vans, said: “Our mission is to provide an authentic action sports community experience at the Vans US Open of Surfing. It’s a unique environment that showcases our incredible network of athletes, artists, and brand collaborators who all represent creativity. We look forward to bringing the evolution of this event to life in 2021 when the event returns to Huntington Beach.”

Jennifer Lau, Vice President of Action Sports at IMG, said: “The Vans US Open of Surfing has always been about bringing people together in a healthy, fun and interactive environment, and given the size and scale of the event, we can’t see a way to do that this year without sacrificing the very thing that makes it so special. This event would not be the same without the amazing surf, skate, and BMX fans who come out to connect and have fun year after year. We can’t wait to return in 2021 and will be working harder than ever to stage another world-class event at Huntington Beach next summer.”

The Vans US Open of Surfing is sanctioned and operated by the World Surf League under license from IMG.