More than 360 SA Youth kids are walking a little lighter these days and, in some cases, running as fast as a roadrunner thanks to the Finish Line Youth Foundation, which fitted them recently with a free pair of running shoes.
“We’re thrilled to support SA Youth and provide their youth centers with sports equipment to help create more healthy and active lifestyles,” said Marty Posch, president of Finish Line Youth Foundation. “As part of our partnership, we’re also excited to welcome 360 kids into our stores over the next months to receive one pair of shoes each.”
After picking a pair of bright red running shoes with the assistance of a Finish Line employee at Finish Line’s Ingram Park Mall store, 10-year-old Alex stood staring at his shoes with a big smile on his face. “I’m really happy to get these shoes. They feel great,” he said. “I’m ready to go running.”
Cynthia Le Monds, president and CEO of SA Youth, said that many of the kids are members of SA Youth’s Running Club and did not have proper running shoes. “This gift is just what our kids need as they run for health and fitness,” she said. “On behalf of all our kids, thanks to the Finish Line Youth Foundation for the hundreds of shoes they have so generously donated. Our kids are just elated, and we can see the look of happiness on their faces.”
The Finish Line Youth Foundation is a philanthropic outlet for Finish Line to make a difference in the lives of youth in the communities it serves. Through the years, the Youth Foundation has fine-tuned its mission and grown its philanthropic presence including its grant giving capacity.
To date, the Youth Foundation has awarded more than $12 million in funding to support youth and Special Olympics athletes across the country. The generosity of its customers, who donate online and in-store, is what enables Finish Line to continually make an impact in the communities where our employees live, work and play.