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Contribute to the Cleats for Kids Collection Drive

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On Saturday, November 10, 2012, from 10am-Noon, local non-profit organization Cleats for Kids will be accepting new and/or gently-used athletic shoes and equipment at the public basketball courts, located at Reno & Hudson in Downtown Oklahoma City. All donations will be distributed, free of charge, to Oklahoma kids wishing to take part in sports.

Founded in 2011, Oklahoma Cleats for Kids (C4K) collects and distributes new and gently-used athletic shoes and equipment to kids in need. Cleats for Kids was founded by Mark and Stacy McDaniel in October 2011. As parents of three children, all whom play sports, they saw, and heard, story after story of kids who could not play without getting help to acquire shoes, clothing and equipment. Since its inception, C4K has distributed more than 2,000 pieces of shoes and equipment. C4K partners with civic organizations to help kids get active and play sports.

"When we started Cleats for Kids, we assumed it would take off, but we really didn't know just how fast," said Stacy McDaniel, co-founder and Executive Director. "As many of us know, sports can be very expensive. We feel that the benefits of team sports—developing healthier lifestyles and building character—are so great for youth, that we're dedicated to finding a way for all Oklahoma kids to be suited up, regardless of their family's financial situation."

The public is invited to bring any used-yet-wearable kids athletic shoes or equipment and enjoy birthday cake, marching bands, an appearance by Rumble the Bison, drawings for OU tickets  and more. The first 100 donations will get a free t-shirt.

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