Sneakers will be collected during the 4th Annual RISC Competition Weekend
New York, NY – The Art of Stepping Foundation is proud to announce its partnership with the Police Athletic League, Inc. in support of the Sneakers 2 Succeed campaign, a campaign designed to collect new and gently used sneakers for families in need. The 2012-2013 Sneakers 2 Succeed campaign will launch at the 4th annual RISC 2012 Competition Weekend, which will be held July 20 and 21 at Columbia University in New York City.
The Sneakers 2 Succeed campaign, or S2, is a national initiative, created in partnership with the Art of Stepping Foundation and Chris Duhon’s Stand Tall Foundation. The S2 campaign launched July 16, 2011 at AOS’ annual RISC Competition, a national step and stroll competition for Latino and African American fraternal organizations. Since its launch, S2 has made its way to Louisiana, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Rhode Island, California, New York, New Jersey and Nevada, collected well over 1,000 sneakers, and donated the items to 14 national and local charities.
For 98 years, the Police Athletic League (PAL) has brought kids, communities, and cops together to protect and develop New York City’s most valuable resource – its children. PAL serves nearly 40,000 young people city wide through a diverse portfolio of programs that includes After-School, Evening Teen Center, Summer Day Camp, Summer Play Streets, Sports, Truancy Prevention, and Juvenile Justice Services for the City’s most vulnerable youth.
“Our children are honored and appreciative to have been selected as one of the recipients of the Sneakers 2 Succeed campaign,” said Luis Tapia, Center Director for PAL. “PAL’s partnership with AOSF and CDSTF is calling on all community members to be active in the lives of our children and to serves as role models to our children – our future. We hope to sustain this partnership and continue to generously serve our children,” said Tapia.
PAL joins AOSF to collect sneakers during this important event, a competition weekend that garners over 2,500 Latino and African American college students and professionals, some of whom are beneficiaries of PAL’s programs. Over 10 boxes will be set up across the venue to collect the new and gently used sneakers. All collected sneakers will be donated to PAL children and youth. Additionally, the Art of Stepping Foundation will be donating three Dell OptiPlex 755 Computers, with a complete system, to PAL.
For additional information about the Police Athletic League, Inc., please visit www.palnyc.org
For additional information about the Sneakers to Succeed campaign and the Art of Stepping Foundation, please visit www.ArtOfStepping.org