To provide extended-size athletic shoes, adult size 12 and larger, to economically disadvantaged Middle and High School students for participation in sports activities that help develop life skills.
Renee graduated from Notre Dame College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. While working as an Analyst and IT Consultant with KeyCorp, she earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Baldwin Wallace University.
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 focused on teen student athletes who wore athletic shoes in size 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. She started a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that could be effectively managed while fulfilling a passion for helping others. 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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