USS Partners rise to the COVID challenge

April 07, 2020, 11:28 a.m. (ET)

As the world is changed by the COVID-19 outbreak, US Speedskating partners have stepped up their game, offering innovative ideas and programs during this challenging time. USS is proud to work with such forward-thinking and compassionate organizations.

“Our partners are going above-and-beyond to help America in its battle against the Coronavirus. ” said USS Executive Director Ted Morris. “US Speedskating is honored to be associated with these amazing companies and are so proud of the work they’re doing to combat this virus.”

Here’s just a sample of our sponsors’ good ideas.

Under Armour

Never one to back down from a challenge, Under Armour is providing health care personnel at the University of Maryland Medical System quality products to keep them safe as they battle the pandemic. UA is manufacturing more than 500,000 face masks and 5,000 custom fanny packs, and is looking into the possibility of creating hospital gowns for medical organizations across Maryland.

UA is also donating $1 million to Feeding America and local food banks to provide much-needed food assistance for those affected by school closures and stay-at-home orders.

On top of that, UA’s MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun platforms are hosting a 30-day Healthy At Home fitness challenge to encourage people at home to stay active. UA will also donate up to $1 million to youth sport leagues for necessary equipment and apparel.

“At Under Armour, we know the value of being part of a team,” said Patrik Frisk, UA Chief Executive Officer (via UA website). “This mindset is important now more than ever as we come together to combat COVID-19. I’m incredibly proud of the quick thinking and hard work of all our Under Armour teammates as we work with health care professionals to strengthen our community — teamwork has proven to be key.”


Toyota Motor North America continues its plans to assist those in need. Several facilities in North America will be used to create 3-D printed face shields and Toyota will partner with a filter producer to produce face masks. Toyota is also working with companies that make ventilators to help increase their production capacity.

“Toyota’s core value has always been to contribute to society in meaningful ways beyond providing mobility for our customers,” said Ted Ogawa, incoming CEO, TMNA (via Toyota website). “With our plants idled and our dealers focused on servicing customers, we are eager to contribute our expertise and know-how in order to help quickly bring to market the medical supplies and equipment needed to combat the COVID crisis. Our message to the medical equipment community is we are here to help, please utilize our expertise.”

The company is also addressing the economic fall-out this pandemic will have in the country by offering payment relief options to those affected by COVID-19.


Helping children have the food they need is the reason behind USANA’s Kids Eat program – and this program is still going strong.

“USANA Kids Eat is working to ensure that Utah students are taken care of during the school closures,” said Michelle Benedict, USANA Kids East Development Manager. “We continue to provide our 850 weekend bags every weekend to the schools on that program. In addition, we are running a corona-relief campaign to provide larger size pantry bags to students who are unable to utilize the schools grab-and-go lunches during the week.  We are grateful for the generous donations we have received and hope to continue to receive support from the community as we assemble and provide these pantry bags.”   

The USANA Website also offers tips for home workouts, social distancing and how to stay connected while people are social distancing in their homes.

Dairy West

As the representative for dairy farms in Utah and Idaho, Dairy West provides funding support to school nutrition programs that continue to feed children, as well as assisting food banks with needs they have in this critical time.

“At Dairy West, our current priority is working with our partners to help close gaps they may have with respect to dairy food access and nutrition education,” said Jaclyn St. John MS, RDN, LD Health and Wellness Manager for Dairy West. “We are working with local food banks to identify their needs and ensure access to dairy products. We are supplying equipment to school districts so they can serve school meals in novel ways, and we are offering weekly live farm tours for schools and the public. In the coming weeks, we will have nutrition education materials available for distribution with school meals and we are working to make healthy snacks available for our region’s front-line medical responders. The needs of our local community are paramount, and Utah and Idaho’s dairy farmers are committed to helping however they can.”

KT Tape

KT Tape is providing at-home workout and recovery tips to their community via their social media channels. The company is ensuring their online retail partners are fully stocked with their entire product line, so people can order their favorite recovery tools while they workout from home and have limited access to physical therapists or massage therapists.

Since many Olympians, Paralympians, and Olympic Hopefuls residing at the Olympic Training Centers have limited access to recovery services, KT Tape has sent goodie bags containing the entire product line to support them through their workouts and help them recover.

Athletes were given KT Tape Pro Extreme Tape, KT Recovery Ice/Heat Massage Ball and Wrap, KT Recovery Pain Relief Gel, BFF Blister Prevention Tape and one of their newest products – KT Tape Skin Prep alcohol wipes. All products were sent in support of these athletes and the USOPC community during this COVID-19 situation. More information is available at

Thanks to our partners who not only support Olympic sport, but the well-being of the entire planet.