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#Kicks4Kids breaks 3,000 sneaker mark

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com/Amphi Public Schools)

#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 more to come) with over 3,200 pairs (over $48,000 worth) collected and distributed to low-income students to date. 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. A special thank you to local reporter Brad Allis or featuring our efforts.  He is a “silent” partner in all of our successes.

The program is simple. High school sports teams (or organizations) 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.

The shoe bank is located at Rio Vista Elementary.

The Ironwood Ridge girl’s soccer team and the Catalina Foothills boy’s basketball program have signed up for shoe collection nights. NEW kids sneakers, sizes 12-5.

Schools slated to receive shoes next week are: Pistor Middle School, Grijalva Elementary and White Elementary.

MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM HERE

2016-17 Teams/Clubs Donating
Morales Family
South Tucson Lions Club
520 Elite Baseball
Mountain View Boys Basketball
Catalina Foothills Football/Band
Club Cactus Volleyball
Frog & Firkin
Tucson Improv Movement
UAMC Sarver Heart Center
CDO Boys Golf
Esperero Canyon Middle School
Tucson Gators Swim Team
The Gregory School Boys Basketball
Anonymous donors

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)
Booth-Fickett Elementary (TUSD)
Cragin Elementary (TUSD)
Santa Clara Elementary (Sunnyside)
Liberty Elementary (Sunnyside)
Elvira Elementary (Sunnyside)
Mission Manor Elementary (Sunnyside)
Quail Run (Marana)

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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. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

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