About 1,000 kids will get a free pair of sneakers this week donated by the Orange Bowl.
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Kids Get 1,000 Pairs of Shoes
The Orange Bowl donated 1,000 pairs of mostly new sneakers to the YMCA of Greater Miami Wednesday, and 60 kids from the YMCA in Allapatah smothered their feet in paint to create a "Kicks for Kids" mural with the organization. "It was artistic for me and very exciting," Mariangel Benitez said.
"If you keep kids active, keep them on teams, keep them disciplined, keep them around mentors and coaches, we think their likelihood of success is a lot greater than not being here," said Orange Bowl Community Outreach Chair Wayne Schuchts.
The Orange Bowl, a nonprofit sports organization, collected shoes at drop-off locations in South Florida over five months and bought new shoes with donated funds.
"It will help me by running," Stephanie Roman said of her new kicks.