At the annual sneaker party at St. Francis College on January 24, 2015, with coaches and parents cheering on the sidelines, more than 100 students were treated to lunch, a fun raffle, a St. Francis basketball game, and were surprised with sneakers that fit them perfectly. We'd like to extend a special thank you to all the donors who contributed to this year's drive including running clubs like the Dashing Whippets, North Brooklyn Runners, Quicksilver Striders, and Van Cortlandt Track Club. Thanks to you and our partner ASICS, we were able to provide 161 students with new sneakers this holiday season and put more than $27,000 in our sneaker closet fund this year which will support nearly 550 more students!
For the last seven years, NYRR's sneaker drive has provided new shoes each holiday season for around 200 kids of the tens of thousands in our youth running programs. Now in our eighth year, we've aded something new. In addition to our annual holiday sneaker distribution, we also debuted our new sneaker closet. Instead of waiting for the holidays, teachers who need sneakers for their students can request them throughout the school year.
If you'd like to contribute to our year-round sneaker closet and help us provide more kids with new kicks, please click here.