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Thank you, Colorado!

It’s been nearly a week since a devastating earthquake rocked Haiti.  There are unbelievable stories of survivors still being found and food and supplies that are finally beginning to reach those who desperately need it.  Here at Crocs, we are encouraged by our employees and the community around us for the generosity you have shown by dropping off supplies over the last several days.  We thank you!

Crocs’ efforts were highlighted in a “CBS Evening News” story on the outpouring of U.S. support for Haiti during their time of need.

Medical supplies, blankets and dry food collected at Crocs Headquarters.

Crocs in Kenya

Crocs Cares recently visited Nairobi, Kenya to donate shoes to local Maasai school children. Most of the children were either shoeless or wearing shoes that were very old and worn. Crocs was happy to be able to give these children the basic necessity of sturdy, protective footwear. Many of these children walk miles to school each day, and we’re honored to help make that journey a little more comfortable for them.

How are you helping others this season? Happy Holidays from Crocs.

Crocs Cares in Southern California

Through Crocs Cares, our Corporate Social Responsibility Program, we donated shoes to some of the people in Southern California who lost their homes to wildfires in September. Our Crocs account representatives were happy to be a part of this donation and help hand out the shoes. Crocs is proud to be able to help our community in any way we can, and we hope these shoes will help the families in their recovery. View our photos of the donation below, or visit the Los Angeles Times Website to see photos from the fires.

AVP Crocs Tour: Atlanta, GA

Here is Ryan Mariano with another update from the AVP Crocs Tour – check it out!

The AVP Crocs tour stopped in Atlanta, Georgia this week – the last stop before a much anticipated and needed break. Did you know that Atlanta is the only city in North America destroyed by fire as an act of war? Back in 1864, General Sherman burned down the city of Atlanta. Perhaps that’s why Atlanta has the nickname “Hotlanta”. Or, perhaps it’s the hot weather – the weather was indeed hot and humid this weekend, but the AVP action was even hotter! The stands were packed and the players did not disappoint – there were close battles on both the men’s and women’s side from round one all the way through the finals.


On the men’s side, with the teams of Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal and Casey Jennings/Matt Fuerbringer playing overseas this week, there were an unusual amount of upsets as 1/3 of the matches were won by the lower seeded team. Some of the biggest upsets of the week came in round one as the 19, 20 and 21 seeds knocked the 14, 13 and 12 seeds into the contenders’ bracket early. Early exits were made by Ty Loomis/Casey Patterson and my partner, Ed and I, taking a 13th, our first finish outside the top-10 this year. The team of Billy Allen/Braidy Halverson had a solid week, beating two top-10 teams to grab a 7th place finish. No surprise that the #1 seed, Phil and Todd, and the #2 seed, John Hyden/Sean Scott made it to the finals. A big surprise who came out on top – Hyden and Scott continued the upset streak on the men’s side, beating Phil and Todd in a three-game barn burner, collecting their first win on the season.


The women’s side had plenty of excitement as well. The top seeded teams continued their dominance through the brackets, with seeds 1-4 making it easily to the semi-finals. Away from the top seeds, the team of Jennifer Fopma/Brittany Hochevar (11) had a great weekend and upset three higher ranked teams, the 6, 7 and 9 seeds, to take a 7th place finish. The team of Dianne DeNecochea/Carrie Dodd also had a great weekend, beating Brooke Hanson/Lisa Rutledge to make it to the finals. In the finals DeNecochea/Dodd faced Branagh/Youngs for the second time of the tournament. This was Branagh/Youngs sixth final appearance of the season, and after a tough three-game battle, they won their fifth title of the season.

Off the court, I was fortunate to participate in another successful Soles United event at the Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta. Ed and I are looking forward to our long break – hopefully next time, in Maryland, we are the ones providing the upsets.


Ryan Mariano


As always – thanks for the update Ryan!  Be sure to check out Ryan’s behind the scene’s videos on our YouTube channel!

AVP Crocs Tour: Huntington Beach, CA

The AVP Crocs Tour headed to Huntington Beach California this past weekend. Just like the last three stops, SolesUnited and AVP Cares partnered to donate shoes to the Boys and Girls Club of America and educate those in attendance on the lack of footwear that plagues over 300 million people around the world. Take a look at this video to learn more:


And – as usual – we have Ryan Mariano, reporting live from the event. It was Ryan’s return to his hometown – so I’m sure he was excited about the event. Here he is:

Home Sweet Home! The AVP Crocs Tour stopped in Huntington Beach, CA this past weekend! I got to sleep in my own nice big bed, shower in my own shower, eat at home, and spend the weekend with my loved ones – life doesn’t get better than that as a touring professional athlete. Memorial Day weekend brought loads of people to the beach to surf, sun bathe, and, most importantly, watch some volleyball. The sunny, warm, breezy weather and exciting matches featuring many hometown favorites made for a great weekend. This tournament featured a 32-team draw, with 8 teams coming out of the qualifier held on Thursday.

Thursday was a standard qualifier day! Single elimination matches create a tension no one can explain, win or go home! Over 70 teams battled it out on the Men’s side and over 50 on the women’s side all for a shot at the show. Top seeds held tough advancing to Friday where they try their luck once again!

Perhaps the most exciting news on Friday came from off the sand – Kerri Walsh and Casey Jennings had their baby!  A baby boy named Joseph – we’ll have to watch out for him to hit the tour in 2027!  Ty Loomis and Casey Patterson, the 12 seed, brought some excitement on the courts by upsetting Nick Lucena and Brad Keenan the 5 seed Friday afternoon. The women’s side provided a couple exciting upsets – Jennifer Fopma and Brittany Hochevar managed to upset the Lindquist Sisters while Whitney Pavlik and Stacy Rouwenhorst battled to upset Dianne DeNecochea and Carrie Dodd.

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AVP Crocs Tour: Houston

Here’s a quick update from the AVP Crocs Tour from Ryan Mariano:

Another week and another tour stop for the AVP Crocs Tour and its’ players, this week we found ourselves in Houston, Texas, competing in the Westside Tennis Center. They say everything is bigger and better in Texas – this week proved to be no exception: Saturday brought the biggest rain drops I have ever seen.  Ed and I had the privilege of staying with a host family, which is far better than the usual hotel stay. On the courts, we saw many great matches which led to a handful of upsets this weekend.

Of course, I not only got a chance to take part in some great volleyball action this weekend, but I was also able to participate in something truly feel good. The Boy’s and Girl’s Club of America in Houston played host to an amazing donation and education function led by the SolesUnitedsm program. Jenn Snyder, Claire DeAmore, Ed Ratledge and myself helped give out crocs to all of the boys and girls in the club. It was great to see their excitement and interest not only in the shoes but the cause. We fielded question after question – covering everything from how old we were to how we plan on giving out a half-million pairs of Crocs™ shoes to the world this year. Ed and I decided to hang around and play games with the kids after the event was over and I took a beating from a 12-year-old Guitar Hero phenom named Franko! Wow, that was a smashing!

Back to Volleyball, on Friday – the men’s side confirmed the rankings as only 4 of 24 matches saw a lower-seeded team prevail. The Loomis/Patterson (11)-DePierro/Roberts (22) match was the most intense battle of the day as DePierro/Roberts took Loomis/Patterson to three games to eventually beat them 26-24 in the third. Things were a bit more topsy-turvy on the women’s side, as 8 of 24 matches saw lower-seeded teams prevail.


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Gary Sinese's Operation Iraqi Children and SolesUnited

In April, our SolesUnitedsm Program was able to donate over 6,000 pairs of shoes in conjunction with an Operation Iraqi Children humanitarian Event.  Operation Iraqi Children – the program founded by actor Gary Sinese and author Laura Hillenbrand – enables Americans to send school supply kits and other necessities to children in Iraq.  Check out Gary Sinese talk about Operation Iraqi Children and the SolesUnitedsm donation in this clip from Fox News:

Stay tuned for more updates from SolesUnitedsm and make sure to visit SolesUnited.com to learn more about the program.

Luke Spencer and SolesUnited

How old do you have to be to make a difference? Do you have to be over Forty? Or maybe you have to have the energy of young adults in their Twenties? Or maybe you just have to be eight years old with a heart of gold.


Luke Spencer is only eight, yet the San Clemente native has already made a difference despite his young age. His story is one that can inspire all of us – no matter how old we are – to try to make a difference. We’re excited that the Crocs™ SolesUnitedsm Program was able to have a part in the young Spencer’s story. Take a look at this article from The News Tribune for more details on this inspiring tale. Also, be sure to take a look at SolesUnited.com. At the page, you can follow Luke’s lead and make a pledge to help raise awareness for the need of proper footwear worldwide.

2,200 Ill. families get food, Crocs from charity

This past weekend, we worked with Feed the Children to help make a difference in the lives of some people in need. Feed the Children gave roughly 2,200 families outside of suburban Chicago free boxes of food and personal care items – including Crocs™ shoes. Check out this Chicago Tribune article for more details of this past Saturday.

This is just another stop as our SolesUnitedsm Program looks to “Shoe the World.” Stay tuned for more updates and visit SolesUnited.com to take the pledge to help raise awareness of the global need for footwear!

AVP: San Diego

Check out this video about how our SolesUnitedsm Program and AVP are working together:


Also – here is Ryan Mariano with an update from the AVP Crocs™ Tour:

Place your bets as the AVP Crocs Tour makes its way to Harrah’s Rincon Casino in San Diego.  Located 33 miles east of Oceanside past the Buffalo ranch over the river and through the woods you find beach volleyball!


Friday’s single elimination matches brought out some familiar faces!  Jeff Murell brought out 14 time tournament winner Dax Holdren and Everett Mathews cashed in on the experience of 5 time winner tour vet Brent Doble.  Murell/Holdren fell in the first round to Wachtfogle/Strickland while Mathews/Doble took down Ring/Roumain.


Saturday and Sunday pushed the limits as there were serious upsets on both the Men’s and Women’s sides of the event.  Saturday the men’s side watched as the (7) seed Nygaard/Mayer beat (2) Gibb/Rosenthal, (6) Olson/Wong beat (3) Fuerbringer/Jennings, and (4) Hyden/Scott defeated (1) Dalhausser/Rogers assuring that there would be fireworks Sunday morning!  On the Women’s side (8) Kropp/ McPeak lost to (11) Lima/ Minello, possibly the earliest exit for Holly McPeak that she can remember – has she ever taken a 13th?  Late in the day the Lindquist sisters, eliminated Akers/ Turner to advance to 5th place.

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