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PENSOLE PARTNERS WITH KENAN FAMILY TRUST AND CHAMPS SPORTS TO CREATE NATIONWIDE HIGH SCHOOL, PRE-COLLEGE DESIGN PROGRAM

The Multifaceted PENSOLE High School will Hold Free One-Day Workshops in New York, Oregon, California, North Carolina, Florida and Kentucky, at Champs Sports Stores Followed by Online Challenges and a Live Design Competition

Portland, Ore. – Oct. 1, 2019 — PENSOLE Design Academy, in partnership with Kenan Family Trust and Champs Sports, today announced the six-state launch of PENSOLE High School (PHS), a multidiscipline pre-college design program called Sneakerhead of State (S.O.S) for high school students.

“S.O.S has a double meaning—both standing for the program name, but also calling out the lack of design education for high school students nationwide. PENSOLE High School was created to inspire and raise awareness of design careers in the footwear industry,” PENSOLE founder D’Wayne Edwards said. “Reaching high school youth is critical to empower students on their path toward becoming innovative problem-solvers while preparing them to create their own path for their future.”

Through its Sneakerhead of State workshops, online and in-person competitions, PHS will reach a wide range of high school students interested in exploring design as a career option. All PHS programs are open to rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students.

“Champs Sports is thrilled to be partnering with PENSOLE to introduce students to the design process at a younger age than ever before,” said Jason Brown, VP of Marketing for Champs Sports. “We know our consumer is engrained in and a driving force behind athletic lifestyle. Showing young people how the products they love come to life, and how they can become involved in the design process is of the utmost importance to drive the future of our industry.”

Sneakerhead of State workshops will be held at Champs Sports stores in the hometowns of PENSOLE alumni, who will conduct the workshops with a goal of introducing participants and parents to the design process. Depending on the length of the workshop offered, participants will be given brief exercises covering a range (3-6) of studio disciplines offered at PENSOLE Academy, such as footwear design, color and material design, functional apparel and accessories design, brand design, shoemaking, and 3D design.

One student each will be crowned the Sneakerhead of State in Footwear Design, Color and Material Design, and Functional Apparel and Accessories Design in December. These students, along with the high school they attend, will receive cash prizes, gift cards from Champs Sports and a scholarship to attend PENSOLE, in Portland, Ore.

Registration is open now at https://pensole.com/pensole-high/high-school-workshops/ and the workshops’ schedule is as follows:

CHAMPS @HARLEM 125TH

October 5, 2019

Harlem, NY

Registration closes: September 29, 2019

 

CHAMPS @CONCORD MILLS MALL

October 5, 2019

Concord, NC

Registration closes: September 29, 2019

 

CHAMPS @CROSSCREEK MALL

October 6, 2019

Fayetteville, NC

Registration closes: September 29, 2019

 

CHAMPS @AVENTURA MALL

October 12, 2019

Miami, FL

Registration closes: September 29, 2019

 

CHAMPS @WASHINGTON SQ.

October 12, 2019

Portland, OR

Registration closes: October 6, 2019

 

CHAMPS @WESTFIELD CULVER CITY

October 19, 2019

Culver City, California

Registration closes: October 6, 2019

 

CHAMPS @ST. MATTHEWS

October 19, 2019

Louisville, KY

Registration closes: October 6, 2019

 

 

About PENSOLE

D’Wayne Edwards, a celebrated member of the global footwear community for the last 30 years, founded PENSOLE in 2010 to give talented young design students—regardless of socioeconomic background—an opportunity to learn from the industry’s best, without financial barriers, and to provide the industry with a farm system for the next generation of footwear designers.

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