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#Kicks4Kids nearing 3,000 shoe mark

Students from the Mexicayotl Academy of Tucson school in TUSD show off some new shes (Courtesy Photo)

Students from the Mexicayotl Academy of Tucson school in TUSD show off some new shes (Courtesy Photo)

#Kicks4Kids began as a project to provide tennis shoes to my own students (out of own pocket) at Rio Vista Elementary several years ago but it has now grown into a program that has now spread across five school districts with over 2,900 pairs (over $39,000 worth) collected and distributed to low-income students. Simply, it is the most successful program of its kind.

AllSportsTucson.com has partnered with the South Tucson Lions Club to provide charitable resources for those wishing to donate money rather than new tennis shoes.

The program is simple. High school sports teams collect one pair of new kid’s tennis shoes (size 12-5) per athlete and the shoes will be delivered to a low-income school in that school’s feeder pattern or to another school in need. If bigger sizes are collected, then we will find a middle school in need but that is not our primary focus.

In addition, all profits from team photos and senior photos goes towards this program.

520 Elite Baseball, Mountain View Boys’ Basketball, Club Cactus Volleyball and the Catalina Foothills Football and Student Council have taken part this fall so far. Individuals, church groups and other charitable groups have donated in the past and again this year and that is another exciting part of our program. Your donation is a charitable donation plus you get the satisfaction of putting a new pair of sneakers on a boy or girl.

If you would like more info, please email me at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

The shoe bank is located at Rio Vista Elementary.

MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM HERE

2016-17 Teams/Clubs Donating
South Tucson Lions Club
520 Elite Baseball
Mountain View Boys Basketball
Catalina Foothills Football/Band
Club Cactus Volleyball

Schools in Kicks4Kids Program
Rio Vista Elementary (Amphi)
Holaway Elementary (Amphi)
Imagine Amphi Preschool (Amphi)
Keeling Elementary (Amphi)
Coronado K-8 (Amphi)
Roskruge K-8 (TUSD)
Nash Elementary (Amphi)
Prince Elementary (Amphi)
Walker Elementary (Amphi)
Carillo K-5 (TUSD)
Marshall Elementary (TUSD)
Mexicayotl Academy of Tucson (TUSD)
Homer Davis Elementary (Flowing Wells)
Hendricks Elementary (Flowing Wells)
Hollinger K-8 (TUSD)
Donaldson Elementary (Amphi)
Butterfield Elementary (Marana)
Laguna Elementary (Flowing Wells)
Walter Douglas Elementary (Flowing Wells)
Doolen Middle School (TUSD)
Casa de los Ninos (Program)
Manzo Elementary (TUSD)
Davis Elementary (TUSD)
Centennial Elementary (Flowing Wells)
Richardson Elementary (TUSD)
C.E. Rose Elementary (TUSD)
Mission View Elementary (TUSD)
Lynn/Urquides Elementary (TUSD)
Ochoa Elementary (TUSD)
Sunnyside High School
Blenman Elementary (TUSD)
Borton Elementary (TUSD)
Holladay Elementary (TUSD)
Cavett Elementary (TUSD)
Roberts/Naylor K-8 (TUSD)
Lineweaver Elementary (TUSD)

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

 

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