To prepare for the upcoming school year, A Champion’s Shoes was able to prepare 1,600 shoes for children in need.
Academy Sports + Outdoors teamed up with nonprofit A Champion’s Shoes to give away the shoes for local students. A Champions Shoes’ representatives shopped for the items for a discounted price and wrapped the products with volunteers for the organization along with Academy Sports employees to deliver to the recipients.
The goal was to make sure children can walk into school “brighter” and “more confident” with a pair of new shoes to accompany them, especially for children who might not have had a new pair of shoes before, said Mike Claudio, founder of A Champion’s Shoes.
Although some might not recognize the privilege of being able to choose what shoes to wear and having a variety of options, Claudio said some children do not have this luxury, which he aims to fix.
Children in need can be referred on the nonprofit’s website, but the organization also uses lists from other places like local churches or nonprofits like the Boys and Girls Club.
Academy Sports + Outdoors in Greenville will be participating in the Back to School Tax Holiday beginning Friday, Aug. 6.