ABOUT OUR 2017 SHARE A PAIR RECIPIENTS 2017-07-28T02:12:00+00:00


Youth Against Violence Organization (YAVO) is an anti-violence and substance abuse prevention program servicing youth (5-18) and their families living under conditions of social and economic poverty. YAVO is a Marching Drum and Drill Line that attends up to 20 parades a season that is in need of funding to purchase proper footware for over 25 kids.

Girls on the Run is a positive youth development, physical activity program for 3rd-8th grade girls. Life skills are taught through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K run. “The girls learn about self-esteem, respect, teamwork, overcoming challenges, and taking action in their community.” Rosie Finelli, Teacher and Coach.

Rockford Day Nursery began in 1916. The founding members (made up of Rockford women) had one purpose: to maintain a day nursery to assist women in the care of their children and to use its influence in procuring employment for women. Rockford Day Nursery would like to start holding fitness classes for their participants and are in need of athletic shoes for over 60 kids as well as outdoor play equipment so the children can make fitness a part of their everyday lives.

Windsor Elementary School “Well Wasp” is a school project to encourage students to get excited to run and get fit. Twenty-five students need proper footwear for their training and race. “For the kids in our program, they are more than just shoes,” said Bre Corey, Teacher. “They provide the kids with an opportunity to challenge themselves in a way they never have. The shoes give them a bit of inspiration to get out and keep moving. On our race day, we will be sure to Run for Two.”