Giving Back


Since 2017, the HOKA NAZ Elite team has hosted a Trivia Night in Flagstaff to benefit the HOPI High School Cross Country team. The evening is emceed by Coach Ben Rosario, the NAZ athletes and board members volunteer at the door, and the Flagstaff running community comes out in full to support its neighbors on the HOPI Reservation. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the Trivia Night was put on pause in 2020 and 2021. However, NAZ donated ALL of the proceeds from its 2021 Holiday Apparel Sale to the HOPI Cross Country team. The 2022 Trivia Night will take place on Thursday night, June 16th. SIGN UP HERE!! For more info on the HOPI Team watch this ESPN Video.


In its ongoing efforts to introduce new runners of all ages and abilities to the world of running, and to celebrate diversity in the sport, the HOKA NAZ Elite team began working with the Ferguson Twilight Run in Ferguson, Missouri in 2021. The Run highlights the city of Ferguson with all proceeds going to charitable organizations in that community. Coach Ben Rosario serves on the race planning committee and the NAZ athletes (including Julia Griffey who grew up only a few minutes from Ferguson) serve as race ambassadors. In 2021 and 2022, several NAZ athletes participated in Zoom calls with local schools the week of the race, and the 2022 edition saw Ben Rosario and Julia Griffey attend the race in person.


The Kids on the Run Program at Sechrist Elementary in Flagstaff helps introduce kindergarten through 5th graders to running in a fun and safe way. The program was started by former 20k American Record Holder and current coach of the Flagstaff High School Cross Country team, Trina Painter. Coach Painter and her husband, David–a fourth-grade teacher at Sechrist, launched KOTR when their two daughters attended Sechrist. NAZ coach Ben Rosario took over as director after the Painters graduated, and when his own daughter, Addison, was in kindergarten. This year, Ben Bruce will join the staff as well. For more check out the KOTR website HERE.

Do you want to partner with HOKA NAZ Elite on a charitable project? Email Jen Rosario at [email protected]