Every Sole Counts
Shoe donations will also support micro-enterprises in developing nations and reduce what goes into landfills
Armada Youth Academy, Florida, May 15-31st: The Lewis family is conducting a shoe collection drive with the help of the Armada Youth Academy this May 15-31st, to help raise funds for a scholarship that honors the life of Erica Lewis. This scholarship will help a young female athlete at Orange Park High School achieve her dream of a higher education. Erica’s passion not only for sports and education, but most importantly for humanity was truly immense. Our shoe drive will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected. Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated shoes. Those dollars will benefit the Erica Lewis Soccer Scholarship. Anyone can help by donating gently worn or new shoes into labelled containers at the field house at Davis Park & Patton Park.
All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations. Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, to clothe and to house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send her son to law school.
“We are excited about our shoe drive," said Erica’s brother Garry. "We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they could donate to us and help those less fortunate become self-sufficient. It’s a win-win for everyone and I know my sister would be proud,” added Lewis.
“We were very excited to partner with Funds2Orgs as we felt this organization’s message supported what Erica was all about; she was an advocate of bettering our environment, giving to those in need and an all-around selfless person,” mentioned Kelly Pellino, Erica’s cousin.
“This is not only a great learning opportunity for our young players to ‘give back’, but it also exemplifies what being a student-athlete is all about; being a positive force in the community as well as on the field of play” added Eric Dade, Executive Director Armada Youth Academy.