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Christy-Kaskey

In 2002 Christy Kaskey blended her desire to find the perfect toy for her sports loving kids with the memory she had of her brothers entertaining themselves for hours on end with the classic action figures of their childhood: Army Men, Super Heroes and Cowboys and Indians. Throughout the design process, Christy wanted to retain the value behind these classic toys and the benefits they gave of open-ended, child-driven, fun and imaginary play, but wanted the action figures for her children to focus on the sports they loved. Christy credits the success of each of the toys to the feedback she received from her own children during the design phase as well as the boys and girls in their kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms who acted as her focus groups.

Each toy in the Kaskey Kids line has been recognized in the industry for the creative and imaginative play they inspire, but the greatest satisfaction Christy feels is when she hears from a parent how much her toys are loved by their children. “Knowing that my toys are chosen, loved and played with, even with all the high tech electronic options out there, is very satisfying.” After ten years in business, a trend that Christy hopes will continue is the gender neutral way many of her customer’s view her toys. “We knew Soccer Girls would be a hit for 3-8 year old girls, but I have been thrilled to hear that so many fathers are spending time with their daughters using Football Guys, Hockey Guys and Baseball Guys. Playing with our toys is a great way for a parent to pass on the love of a sport and in some cases explain the rules.”


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Woman Owned

Kaskey Kids is certified as a women’s business enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of the businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S.

We recognize the commitment to supplier diversity that is embraced by corporations and government agencies today and we can add diversity to your supply chain.

 

Board Member & Advisor:  Jodi Bondi Norgaard

Jodi is the founder of Dream Big Toy Company and the creator of the award-winning Go! Go! Sports Girls line of dolls, books and apps for girls encouraging healthy and active play over fashion and body image (acquired by Jazwares in 2016). She has been featured on national media including The Today Show, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, Forbes, Upworthy, Parents, Advertising Age, Good Housekeeping, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Huffington Post and others. In 2016, Jodi was invited by The White House to participate in a conference on breaking down gender stereotypes in media and toys. Jodi is also a board member of Girls on the Run – Chicago; and is a founding member of The Brave Girl Alliance, a think tank of girl empowerment experts.

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