Arlen a motivational speaker, ESPN on-air personality & gold medalist
Proud, the new celebrity-favorite athleisure collection with a mission to give back, is announcing its newest partnership with Victoria Arlen of Victoria's Victory Foundation.
A press release said, “Proud's ethos is to create a brand that unifies people and awaken the philanthropist in each of us, which is especially timely with the current COVID crisis and ongoing political divide in America. The idea is, no matter where you come from or what you do, we all have something to be proud of. Proud donates 10% of gross sales to the charity of the customer's choice, the brand has added Victoria's Victory Foundation to the list of ongoing charitable partners.”
Arlen said, "I am honored to be joining the Proud Family. I'm so excited to represent a company that aligns with my views and gives back with a purpose to make a difference. To be able to celebrate all the things that make each and every one of us proud and to be proud of who you are is a great reminder for us all. It is also truly a blessing to have my foundation, Victoria's Victory Foundation, be a part of this partnership."
Proud's newest partner, Arlen is a world-renowned speaker, ESPN On-Air Personality, Model, Actor, Gold and Silver Medalist.
Her life drastically changed in 2006 at the age of 11 when she developed two rare conditions known as transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. This was an incredibly rare scenario and Arlen quickly lost the ability to speak, eat, walk and move. She slipped into a vegetative state in which doctors had written her off as a lost cause. Arlen spent nearly four years "locked" inside her own body, completely aware of what was going on, but unable to move or communicate.
Arlen, however, was not ready to give up! In 2010, she began the nearly impossible fight back to life. Learning how to speak, eat and move all over again, Arlen went on to exceedingly defy the odds. She not only recovered, but has since become an accomplished motivational speaker, television host and swimmer. Her swimming resume includes three silvers and a gold medal from the London 2012 Paralympic Games as well as multiple world, American and Pan American records. In April 2015, Arlen made the transition from professional athlete to sportscaster and joined ESPN as one of the youngest on-air talents hired by the company. She reports and hosts across all platforms.
In the spring of 2016, Arlen defied yet another odd. After spending nearly a decade in a wheelchair paralyzed from the waist down, she was able to learn how take one step after another. Eventually, not only did she learn how to walk but, within a year-and-a-half – in the fall of 2017 – she learned to dance as a contestant on season 25 of “Dancing with the Stars.” Arlen and her dance partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, quickly became fan favorites.
Arlen’s book, titled “Locked In,” hit stores worldwide in August of 2018. In July of 2019, in addition to her ESPN duties, she was announced as the new host of “America Ninja Warrior Jr” (season 2), which launched in February of this year.
Proud is teaming with Victoria Arlen and Victoria's Victory Foundation. (Images courtesy of Proud/Michele Marie PR)
She is also carrying out her dream of helping others, serving as the founder and co-chair of Victoria's Victory Foundation, a nonprofit that assists those with mobility challenges to achieve their own personal victory.
Victoria's Victory Foundation is an organization that offers support, resources and assistance to people living with mobility challenges. The organization provides grants for training and recovery sessions, home adaptions, wheelchairs, vans, ramps, medical supplies, and access to adaptive sports and dance programs. VVF supports organizations that are focused on improving the lives of others both mentally and physically with programs that help people overcome obstacles. In addition to financial support, VVF helps to connect people with work and volunteer opportunities that allow them to use their talents and skills.
Proud is a newly released womenswear and menswear collection with a mission to give back. Any purchase the customer makes from the website, 10% (gross/pre-tax) will be donated to their charity of choice: Victoria's Victory Foundation, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Pink Ribbon Girls, Baby2Baby, Off The Street Club, or the Rezvan Foundation. In the long run, the brand has set an ambitious goal of giving $10 million in the next five years. Proud's ethos is to create a brand that unifies people beyond the current political divide in America and awaken the philanthropist in each of us. The idea is no matter where you come from or what you do, we all have something to be proud of. The Proud logo is a star and is a reflection of your commitment to those around you. It is your declaration of why you are proud – and is your badge to show it to the world. Every day, ordinary people are doing extraordinary things to make our world a better place. Visit https://wearproud.com/.