LETHBRIDGE - The University of Lethbridge Women's Basketball team is partnering with local businesses, the Faculty of Education and U of L Wellness Committee, to help families who might not be able to afford runners for their children this fall.
Called "Reclaiming Your Sole," the project is aimed at parents who are cleaning out their closets to get ready for their kids going back to school and have runners they no longer need.
They can then drop off the gently used running shoes at Runners Soul (2646 S. Parkside Drive), or at the U of L Sport and Recreation Customer Service Desk, located on the first floor of the 1st Choice Savings Centre on campus.
All sizes, makes and colours of runners for any age will be accepted, but those for school aged children and teenagers are especially needed.
Players will catalogue the donated shoes and post them on their website (http://gohorns.ca/index.aspx?path=wbball).
Anyone who works in a school, like a teacher or administrator can visit the site and request the runners when they see a student in need.
"I spent years working in public education and saw several children whose parents' couldn't afford new shoes," says Dave Adams, Pronghorn Women's Basketball Coach. "I remember duct taping one student's shoe together and thinking there had to be a better way."
Surplus shoes will be given to "Soles for Souls," a non- profit organization that will distribute the runners internationally.
The shoe drive will run throughout the Fall 2017 season.
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