About Us


Our mission is to  provide extended-size athletic shoes, adult size 12 and larger, to  economically disadvantaged Middle and High School students for participation in sports program activities that help develop life skills. 

Since our beginning in August 2016, we have received over 200 pairs of athletic shoes through monetary and in-kind donations.  Eighty-three percent of our inventory has already been given to qualified teens in Central Florida.  Parents, Coaches, Teachers, and School Administrators submit online applications, and the shoes are delivered to the student's school.   We purchase only new shoes for our inventory.

Our History, Our Founder - Renee Prince Armstrong


After retiring and relocating from Northeast Ohio to Central Florida, Renee spent her free time chasing her grandsons and supporting local charitable organizations.  While volunteering with the Seminole County Public School System, she developed a strong interest in the plight of economically disadvantaged families, and wanted to give  athletic shoes to teen student athletes with a shoe size of 12 and larger.

Being a mother of athletes, Renee knew how playing sports could help students become more physically active and develop important life skills.  Realizing the availability and additional expense of extra-large athletic shoes could be challenging for some parents, she started  a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that could be effectively managed while fulfilling a passion for helping others.

Renee graduated from Notre Dame College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. While working as an Analyst and IT Senior Business Consultant with KeyCorp, she earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Baldwin Wallace University.  

Big Shoes and Cleats for Teen Athletes, Inc.  began operations in August 2016.  Renee works for free, and there are no staff salaries.

Privacy Policy


Our Commitment to Privacy

Big  Shoes and Cleats for Teen Athletes, Inc. respects the privacy of every  visitor to our website. We will not collect personal information from  you when you visit our website unless you provide the information to us  voluntarily and knowingly.  The information you submit will be kept  confidential.  When you make a financial contribution online, it is  securely processed through PayPal.  PayPal protects your financial  information with industry-leading security and fraud prevention  systems.  When you use PayPal, your financial information is not shared  with us. 

How We Use Your Information

Big  Shoes and Cleats for Teen Athletes, Inc. will not sell, trade, or share  personal information about our applicants or  financial donors with  anyone else, nor will we send mailings to our financial donors on behalf  of other organizations, unless a donor has given us specific permission  to do so.