Red Sox staff members, in partnership with New Balance, visited Gotta Have Sole Foundation in Rhode Island on Tuesday to donate 100 New Balance sneakers as part of the club’s 100 Acts of Kindness, a program that recognizes and supports the work of charitable organizations throughout New England during Fenway Park's 100th anniversary season.
Started in 2010 by now 14 year-old Nick Lowinger of Cranston, R.I., the Gotta Have Sole Foundation collects brand new shoes for children in homeless shelters from shoe manufacturers, retailers, churches, temples and individuals. Since its inception, the non-profit organization has donated new footwear to over 5,300 children in 11 states throughout the U.S. The Gotta Have Sole Foundation’s mission is to outfit as many children as possible living in homeless shelters with new sneakers.
About the 100 Acts of Kindness: As a way to highlight and support the important work done by the many charitable institutions throughout New England and beyond, the Red Sox are engaging in “100 Acts of Kindness” with various not-for-profit organizations during the 100th anniversary season of Fenway Park in 2012. These acts will take on a number of different forms, including donations, volunteer efforts, and hosting community events. Each act will be designed to highlight organizations and causes throughout New England. Red Sox ownership, players, alumni, and staff will participate. Additional acts will be announced throughout 2012, culminating with 100 by the end of this 100th Anniversary year.