Ubuntu means “shared humanity” in Zulu.
At Balega®, we view this as a calling. We dedicate ourselves to enriching the lives of those less fortunate around the world. With every pair of Balega running socks you purchase you give back to a community in need.
Impi is a Zulu word meaning “warrior.”
Our Ambassador Team is made up of Balega® warriors from across the globe. These passionate Balega® running sock fans share the soul of our brand. Runners, walkers, hikers, professional athletes, coaches, running store employees, and more—they come together to spread the Balega® story and action our Ubuntu philosophy within their local communities.
THE ETHEMBENI SCHOOL
Community is a core pillar of Zulu culture and a fundamental part of our brand.
Since our inception, Balega® has sought to honor the culture and country that is so much a part of our identity. Through your purchases of Balega® running socks you have aided The Ethembeni School, a home for 300 disabled and disadvantaged children along the Comrades Marathon route in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
Each year since 2005, Balega® has provided twelve children with annual scholarships. We have also donated a wheelchair-friendly school bus, as well as a therapy playpark and swimming pool.
GRIT & GRACE
Balega® offers limited edition running socks during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, donating $1 to BCPP from every pair sold.
In partnership with Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP), who work to eliminate environmental causes of breast cancer, we’re on a mission of prevention by encouraging healthier lifestyles for women.
Grit & Grace No Show Running Socks
HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS
Balega® contributes to Homes for our Troops in a unique way – with our Enduro Physical Training Crew running socks. 50¢ from each pair of the military-complaint sock sold goes directly to the organization.
A nation-wide nonprofit organization, Homes for our Troops, builds and donates custom homes for severely injured, post- 9/11 Veterans. These homes, specially customized for each individual, enable Veterans to rebuild their lives and recover their independence.