Champion Athleticwear Unveils New Global Brand Campaign: “Champion What Moves You” 

Champion Athleticwear, makers of authentic athletic apparel since 1919, launched its new global brand campaign “Champion What Moves You.” As a brand whose mission is to provide every Champion a canvas to live their true purpose, Champion is taking action through the campaign rollout, calling upon a global network of real Creators — from rappers to street artists and shoe cobblers — and putting them at the heart of its brand story.

The campaign spotlights six creators with purpose across various disciplines from The United States, United Kingdom, China, Japan, LATAM and Australia — telling their stories through the eyes of local directors. To Champion, a “Creator with Purpose” is someone that blurs the lines between personal passion and impactful contribution. Each of the campaign’s featured Creators are individuals that have harnessed their creative gifts to achieve a long-term goal that aligns with their values, and is bigger than themselves to Champion their community and a better tomorrow. This can range from work in activism and human rights, to sustainability and mental health.

“We firmly believe that we are not defined by what we make, but by what we do with it. In this next chapter of our brand story, we are redefining what it means to Champion — for us it is no longer a title or indication of winning, but rather, a means to take action and create something with real impact. To be a Champion is to pursue your passion, to create, and to Champion What Moves You.”

Vanessa LeFebvre, President of Global Activewear at Champion

The campaign is a direct reflection of Champion’s values: Creativity, Collaboration, Crafting with Purpose and the Courage to act with intent and do good boldly. Each of the six creators have not just mastered their unique craft, but they have Championed meaningful causes that are lifelong pursuits and go beyond winning.

The featured creators include:

Kevin “SignKid” Walker: Musician and producer, United Kingdom

A deaf writer, producer and sign-song rapper, SignKid is determined to bridge the gap between the hearing and non-hearing world through music. Championing music accessibility, SignKid has translated British Sign Language (BSL) and UK sign Slang into a visual-based language not only for deaf and those hard of hearing, but also for hearing individuals who want to learn sign language.

Joshua Marin: Shoe cobbler, United States

The owner and founder of “Fix Your Kicks” on N Western Avenue in Chicago, merges the worlds of tradition and modern culture to re-introduce the world of cobbling to the masses. Through his craft and love of street culture, he Champions a new discourse around sustainability, proving it’s not just clothing that can be re-used to reinvent ourselves, but also sneakers.

Soulhan: Rapper, China

With Cantonese slowly becoming less prevalent in China, SoulHan has made it his mission to keep the beautiful language and culture alive, preserving them through the art of music. His ever-growing fanbase reinforces his belief that a key component to success is Championing authenticity.

Ryota Daimon: Painter and skater, Japan

Ryota Daimon is a painter and skater, who uses his art to communicate the complexities of life. Following the death of his close friend and a bout of depression, he Champions mental health through self-expression and his art serves as a tool for healing, growth, understanding and joy. He’s not just an artist, but also a talented skateboarder and his experiences within the cultural hub of the skateboard community serve as inspiration and allow him to experience freedom of
self-expression in another dimension.

Las Diablillas: Women’s softball team, LATAM

In a small Mayan town in Mexico, there is an all-female softball team: Las Diablillas. Ranging from ages 14 to 40, their usual pursuits are seamstresses, cooks, farmers, and herders; but together, they are a softball team breaking barriers and challenging societal norms. Sport is not a part of female Mayan culture; in fact, it is heavily disparaged. Las Diablillas translates to “little devils,” and these players are stepping out of the boxes they have remained in for generations to Champion a new path of female empowerment through the freedom of sport.

Aretha Brown: Street artist and activist, Australia

A painter and activist from Melbourne, Aretha is a powerful force using her voice and her art to speak up for the marginalized. In 2017, Aretha made headlines for her speech given at the Invasion Day protest in Melbourne, calling on 50,000 protesters to make Indigenous Australian history education mainstream. In 2019, Aretha founded the “Kiss my Art collective,” to Champion young women and nonbinary artists. The group’s mission is to reclaim public spaces using street art, painting, and mixed media.

The Champion What Moves You integrated marketing campaign debuts globally beginning in September, and includes 60-second, 30-second and 15-second spots across Champion digital and social media platforms.

Champion Creators Program

Champion isn’t just talking the talk. In the spirit of Championing important causes, and as part of the campaign, the brand is launching The “Champion Creators Program,” which celebrates the power, expression, and purpose of creators from various backgrounds by awarding product blanks and up to $50,000 in funding to deserving creators whose projects demonstrate innovation, community impact, scale, and creativity. Creators interested in applying can visit Champion.com/creators for program details and to apply beginning September 20.

Applicants must be 18 years old at the time of application; U.S based, fall within at least one of the following creative disciplines: Athletes, Artists, Musicians; and agree to a background check upon notification of selection to the 2023 Champion Creator’s Program.

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