National Safe Boating Council Presents Sperry Top-Sider® with 50th Anniversary Golden Burgee for Company's Support of Boating Community

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National Safe Boating Council honors Sperry Top-Sider with its prestigious 50th Anniversary Golden Burgee.

The company who invented the first boat shoe, Sperry Top-Sider®, has been a proud member of the boating community for almost 75 years. And for a half century, the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) has worked tirelessly to educate boaters on safe, fun ways to enjoy the water.

Today, both organizations join together in recognition of the common mission of safe boating, as the NSBC honors Sperry Top-Sider with its prestigious 50th Anniversary Golden Burgee.

"Our work at NSBC would be impossible if not for the generous, continued support of true boating advocates like Sperry Top-Sider," said Virgil Chambers, executive director. "Their commitment allows us to focus on our important work of educating the public on safe boating habits."

Since inventing its famous siped outsole that provides sure footing and tracking on slick, wet surfaces, Sperry Top-Sider has played a natural role in safe and fun boating. The company's formal support of the NSBC allows for that mission to touch thousands each and every year through the organization's many programs.

"We're proud to be a part of the NSBC's effort, and are honored by this recognition," said Sperry Top-Sider President Craig Reingold. "Each day spent by the water is a gift and our work with NSBC is one illustration of our commitment to helping more people enjoy the freedom and exhilaration of life in, on and around the sea."

About Sperry Top-Sider
Since 1935, Sperry Top-Sider has been the leading brand of footwear for those who love the water. From its introduction of the world's first siped rubber outsole for non-marking traction, to advanced technical fabrication to combat the elements, Sperry Top-Sider remains the vanguard of high-performance amphibious footwear and apparel. Available around the globe in fine independent, marine, outdoor and department stores, Sperry Top-Sider is the official footwear of US SAILING, National Safe Boating Council and Team Horton-Nichols. Based in historic Lexington, Massachusetts, Sperry Top-Sider supports a wide-range of water-related activities through its many sponsorships, including ACURA Key West, National Safe Boating Council, Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regattas. Sperry Top-Sider is a division of the Stride Rite Corporation, a subsidiary of Collective Brands, Inc. (NYSE:PSS). For more information, please visit http://www.sperrytopsider.com.

About National Safe Boating Council
Formed in 1958, the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is the foremost coalition for the advancement and promotion of safer boating through education and outreach. The NSBC is comprised of over 333 national, regional, and local boating and water safety agencies, organizations and corporations that are all committed to boating safety.

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