Message from John Skipper
Every day at ESPN, we share stories of inspiration and perseverance with the world. We see firsthand how sports has the ability to transform lives, and we are proud to be working hard to broaden that narrative through our own Corporate Citizenship programs and initiatives.
As ESPN's brand and reach have grown, so too has our commitment to the community. We focus on five key areas: Access to Sports, Leadership Through Sports, Good Neighbor grants, Sustainability and our continued commitment to The V Foundation.
We believe that every person should have the opportunity to play sports, and should be able to take advantage of its many benefits from enhancing self-esteem to unifying teams to driving social inclusion. We're working with others who share this vision, and together hope to make sports more accessible, especially to those in underserved communities. Through collaborations including Special Olympics Unified Sports and Caravana do Esporte, we're also finding ways to foster physical development, leadership and life skills through sports.
At ESPN, we're inspired by the many stories of those who have courageously battled cancer. From Mount Saint Joseph basketball player Lauren Hill, whose bravery has inspired millions, to our own Stuart Scott, whose determination, courageous spirit and positive attitude impacted us all — these stories fuel our passion to fund research that will find a cure. We're proud to support The V Foundation for Cancer Research, an organization that directs millions of dollars each year towards funding new cancer discoveries and breakthroughs.
We also firmly believe it's our responsibility to conduct our business in an environmentally sensitive manner. Whether it's minimizing our impact during large-scale events like X Games or the ESPYs, or ensuring our newest production facilities and childcare center meet LEED requirements, we work hard every day to meet our energy, water and waste reduction goals.
We feel privileged to work in such a dynamic, exciting industry, and hope to share our success and use our platforms to build and inspire communities through the power of sports.