• 04-SEP-2020

FILA Becomes the Official Footwear and Apparel Partner of “A Most Beautiful Thing” Film

September 4, 2020 - FILA announced today that it has become the official footwear and apparel partner of “A Most Beautiful Thing.” Written and directed by Olympian Mary Mazzio, the documentary film chronicles the first African American high school rowing team in the United States. It is based on the memoir of Arshay Cooper, the team’s captain, and a group of high school rivals from Chicago’s West Side who came together to transform the community and the sport. Among the film’s executive producers is Grant Hill, who is also a lifetime brand ambassador for FILA.

“We are proud to be an official partner of ‘A Most Beautiful Thing,’” said Jennifer Estabrook, President at FILA North America. “The inspirational story of Arshay Cooper and his teammates showcases how sports are the foundation for something much greater, often serving as a powerful outlet for youth and their communities. The exposure to rowing taught a group of teenagers life-long skills like fostering relationships through teamwork and resilience in the face of hardship. In celebration of the film, we will do our part to continue the dialogue around issues of race and adversity, while providing access and opportunities to young people like Arshay.”

As part of the sponsorship, FILA is designing a custom FILA x AMBT sneaker and long-sleeve tee, and the brand will support the A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund. The organization benefits education, scholarship, and mentorship programs to get more kids rowing on the water, focusing on non-traditional communities and communities of color where youth face barriers to participation in the sport.

“A Most Beautiful Thing”is now streaming for free on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming platform. Visit peacocktv.com for more information.

Follow the social conversation @FILAUSA @amostbeautifulthing.

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About FILA

Over the last half century, FILA has been there for iconic moments, accompanying extraordinary individuals in pursuit of sport – those who courageously challenge limits and defy expectations through a seamless combination of power and grace.  From its humble textile beginnings in Biella, Italy in 1911 to its historic introduction of color on the tennis court in 1973, the brand has always taken pride in creating designs as bold and breathtaking as its wearers. With a philosophy of innovation and a commitment to performance and sophistication, FILA continues to make a statement with styles that are novel in aesthetic and effective in function. Visit www.FILA.com to see the full collection of apparel and footwear.

About “A Most Beautiful Thing”

“A Most Beautiful Thing” is narrated by Academy Award and Grammy-winning artist, Common, executive-produced by NBA stars and Olympians Grant Hill and Dwyane Wade, and directed by award-winning filmmaker and Olympic rower, Mary Mazzio. The film has been reviewed in stunning terms by The Hollywood Reporter, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. Other press accolades include The Saturday Evening Post, Los Angeles Times, PEOPLE Magazine, Deadspin, Town&Country, The Wall Street Journal, NPR's Weekend Edition and NPR’s Front Row Network, The Washington Post, and Chicago Now, calling it “one of the most important documentaries of this decade.”

The film’s director, Mary Mazzio, has pledged 50% of profits from all box office, screening and license fees, to support the A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund as well as social justice initiatives with the NAACP.

The Trailer: www.AMostBeautifulThing.com