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.
From August 2016 to December 2018, we received 200 pairs of athletic shoes through monetary and in-kind donations, and 147 pairs were 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. Donated shoes can be new or gently worn.
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 that 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.
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