The Shoe Game Corporation made a trip to sunny California this past weekend to meet with wrestling coaches in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Looking to expand donations into other school districts, Los Angeles provides a good fit for the developing non-profit corporation. Currently, there are less than 20 public schools in the Los Angeles City Section conference fielding wrestling programs this winter. After meeting with a coach at Belmont High School, located in downtown LA, we are planning on providing wrestling shoes and/or training shoes for the student-athletes achieving over a 3.0 gpa. The professional athletes that will be donating the shoes are various UFC fighters (to be revealed later) that have expressed interest in supporting not only youth wrestling, but also The Shoe Game Corporation’s mission.
In Indianapolis, forms are being turned in to participate in the 2011 Football donation cycle. With various Indianapolis Public Schools currently restructuring, there has been a brief pause in the donation process but all coaches have assured their interest and excitement in participating with The Shoe Game. Jonathan Goff, New York Giants LB, expressed his enthusiasm this week in being the first professional athlete participating in the program, stating that he is looking forward to providing for the student-athletes and believes that doing so will motivate them in the classroom and on the field.
Finally, The Shoe Game is also preparing to become involved with New Orleans Public Schools, coming into contact with media personnel and high school teachers in the city. Looking forward to basketball season, The Shoe Game will be working to provide shoes in New Orleans as well as Indianapolis.