Jonathan Goff, New York Giants Linebacker, is partnering with The Shoe Game Corporation, an Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, to provide cleats for student-athletes. Starting with the Indianapolis Public School district, Goff and the 501c3 organization are focusing their efforts to combat low graduation rates by providing incentives to student-athletes among inner-city schools. Student-athletes in the IPS district that have earned over a 3.0 grade point average will be eligible for free shoes and/or cleats to participate in the 2011 football season.
During the first donation cycle in the fall of 2011, Goff is providing cleats for over 20 inner-city athletes that have excelled in the classroom. Indianapolis’ Arlington High School Strength and Conditioning Coach Jerry Clark, believes that this type of effort will produce positive results amongst inner-city youths. “We are excited for the launch of this program, and believe in its intrinsic value to motivate student-athletes across our city“, stated Clark of Goff and The Shoe Game’s initiatives. Athletes from a variety of professional sports will be participating in the donation process in the future.
The Shoe Game is working in conjunction with professional athletes across the country in this unique program that encourages students to excel in the classroom as well as in their sport. IPS schools have been targeted for the program launch due to the percentage of low-income families and low graduation rates. The first donation cycle will involve student-athletes in the graduating years of 2012, 2013, and 2014, that also participate in their high school’s football program. Out of the ten IPS high schools, five will be fielding football teams in the fall of 2011. In the future, more cities and sports will be targeted for donations.
The Shoe Game Corporation was founded in 2009 in an effort to help increase low graduation rates in inner-city school districts. For more information about The Shoe Game, visit http://www.TheShoeGame.org or email Elliot.Hood@gmail.com.