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Today, espnW announced its roster of sponsors for the ninth annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit presented by Toyota. Toyota returns as the presenting sponsor for the sixth year. Returning sponsors Gatorade, Wells Fargo, Procter & Gamble and the V Foundation for Cancer Research will also be joined by first time sponsors Major League Baseball and Specialized Bicycles.
From October 1-3, the Summit will showcase the most influential women in sports, business and entertainment at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, Calif. The two-day conference will feature panels, keynotes, work sessions, presentations and activities geared towards creating change and opportunity for women in sports.
In addition to showcasing its vehicles throughout the venue, Toyota will announce the sixth class of “Everyday Heroes,” an award that honors three organizations making a difference for women and girls in their local communities through sports. A celebration of their accomplishments and impact will be featured during the event and at espnW.com/Summit. 2016 “Everyday Hero” honoree Courtney Payne-Taylor will also return to share her accomplishments since receiving the award.
Gatorade returns as the official sports fuel sponsor and will once again provide guests with its products at all athletic activities. Throughout the event, attendees can participate in cycling, yoga, morning runs, paddle boarding, dance workouts and beach volleyball.
Official financial sponsor Wells Fargo returns to host Executive Office Hours, a program in which attendees will be able to interact one-on-one with senior executives from a variety of companies and industries.
Procter & Gamble also returns as a sponsor with on-site activations and unique social integrations tied to two brands with a strong history of supporting women and girls, Olay and Always.
Sponsoring the Summit for the fourth consecutive year, the V Foundation will invite guests to participate in three Team V runs in conjunction with the New York Road Runners. The organization will also provide guests with educational materials that drive awareness for cancer research.
Major League Baseball and Specialized Bicycles join as first-time sponsors for The Summit in 2018. Both will activate in The Summit Welcome Suite. Major League Baseball will bring the “Commissioner’s Trophy,” which will be given to the winner of the 2018 World Series, for photo opportunities with Summit attendees. Specialized Bicycles will lead cycling activities during the Summit sports activity sessions.
In addition to branding and on-site integrations, Summit sponsorships will feature digital and social activations across espnW’s platforms.
espnW is a global multiplatform brand dedicated to engaging and inspiring women through sports. espnW.com, the brand’s content home, offers total access to female athletes and the sports they play, takes fans inside the biggest events, and captures the biggest trends in sports life/style. espnW also provides a unique point of view on the sports stories that matter most to women and highlights the crossroads of sports and culture. Founded in July 2010, espnW’s content and voices live across digital, television, radio, films, events, educational platforms and social media. The annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit, now in its seventh year, brings together top athletes and industry leaders for meaningful conversations around women and sports, and is the leading event of its kind in the sports industry.