Mountain lifestyle brand Stio announces today that they will partner with Coombs Outdoors as their official and exclusive apparel partner. Coombs Outdoors is a non-profit in Jackson Hole that provides outdoor recreational programming for children of families who do not have access to the same opportunities as their peers. This partnership is dedicated to strengthening community efforts to promote inclusion and access in the outdoors and in Teton County.
As of 2020, Coombs Outdoors serves over 250 children and families from the service industry and workforce population in Jackson through both winter and summer programming.
Through this partnership, Stio will provide winter outerwear and summer gear for the organization’s participants. Moreover, Stio’s commitment to Coombs Outdoors will go beyond supplying apparel, as they also plan to establish a mentoring and internship program between the two organizations and collaborate on storytelling opportunities to elevate new voices.
“In our mission to inspire connection with nature, the issues of access and inclusion in the outdoors are very important to us. We want outside to be accessible for everyone. Through our shared vision, we can work towards this commitment together,” said Liz Barrett, Brand Director at Stio. “We believe that change starts in our own community first, and we’re beyond thrilled to embark on this meaningful partnership together with such a strong local organization.”
“We are so pleased to announce this expanded partnership with Stio. They have been very generous with us over the years, but establishing a formal, collaborative agreement is a win-win,” says Mary Erickson, Executive Director of Coombs Outdoors. “We love having this level of support from a great business like Stio, homegrown right here in Jackson. We share a passion for outdoor recreation and this Valley’s community, and a commitment to inclusivity and diversity in the outdoors. It is a perfect fit.”
Coombs Outdoors provides year-round outdoor programming for youth from Kindergarten through high school graduation.
Coombs Outdoors begins with basic instructional programs that introduce kids to a variety of activities to spark a passion for the outdoors, then adds a cohort-based mentoring component in middle school to help youth build deep relationships with their peers and trusted adults, and finally, works with high school youth to serve as mentors and coaches to younger kids, explore careers and college, and become passionate outdoor enthusiasts.
Coombs Outdoors’ goal is not to create world-class skiers or rock climbers, but to develop world-class people ready to embrace the future with confidence.