The Kicks4Kids program is now well over 600 pairs of shoes


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Desert Thunder dropped this box of shoes at my front door! (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Desert Thunder dropped this box of shoes at my front door! (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

The “Kicks4Kids” is program designed to collect tennis shoes so less fortunate children can participate properly in elementary school physical education programs. The South Tucson Lions Club raised almost $200 as seed money for the program and several individuals have donated money to purchase even more.

The ides is to have high school sports teams collect one pair of sneakers (Kids size 1-5) per player for less fortunate kids and we will deliver them to local PE teachers or school social workers to pass out to their students as needed.

It all began about 10 years ago when I began buying tennis shoes for my less-fortunate students and it got to the point about 3-5 years ago when it began to add up to over $3,000 from my own pocket.

Then Brad Allis wrote a story about it HERE and the public began to help me. My school was stocked so I decided to expand to other schools and the actual Kick4Kids began this past winter.

Some programs have collected 10 shoes while the Tucson High girl’s basketball program has collected over 80 pairs. The quantity does not matter, one pair can change a child.

Some families have sent in checks to help cover the cost of new shoes and many have decided to remain anonymous. $10 covers the price of one new pair. If I have forgotten any programs or people who have donated please remind me at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com and I apologize if I have,

Programs Donated

75 or More
Tucson Girl’s Basketball
Catalina Foothills Boy’s Basketball

40 or More
Pusch Ridge Boy’s Basketball
Pusch Ridge Boy’s Soccer
Ironwood Ridge Girl’s Basketball

Kickin It Level
Desert Thunder Softball
Salpointe

Contributions
Lee D. Paterson of LDP Productions
Lion’s Club
Bollnow Family
Hopton Family
Several Anonymous

Schools Donated To
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)

Next
Centennial Elementary (Flowing Wells)
Hendricks Elementary (Flowing Wells)
Donaldson (Amphi)

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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, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com



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