Change Lives of Those in Need: Give Back This Holiday Season With Project Sole and Athletes Helping Athletes

Donate used or unwanted shoes to a Road Runner Sports store and you’ll be supporting communities in need and children with permanent physical disabilities.

This holiday season there are so many wonderful opportunities to give back.

So, for the second year in a row, Road Runner Sports has partnered with Project Sole to support their amazing efforts to help impoverished communities and to raise donations for our very own Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA), which helps kids with permanent physical disabilities receive adaptive bikes. And all you have to do to help both amazing organizations is donate your used or unwanted shoes.

Want to get involved? Here’s what you need to know:

How Does It Work?

Drop off your used or unwanted shoes at your local Road Runner Sports store (find it here) and they’ll be donated to Project Sole. But that’s not all: For every pair of shoes that’s donated to Project Sole, Project Sole will donate $3.00 to Athletes Helping Athletes. Every dollar donated will help raise funds for adaptive bikes or will go toward changing the life of a child. The donation period is from December 3, 2018 – January 31, 2019.

About Project Sole


Project Sole’s mission is to ‘Give compassion and a pair of shoes.’ Shoes, for some, are an absolute luxury. For others, they’re something that they never thought they’d be without until disaster strikes. Since 2009, Project Sole has been supporting those who have been in the unfortunate path of natural disasters, enhancing the lives of people who don’t have basic necessities and encouraging ambassadorship and mission trips to support such communities. Their system for helping is threefold:

o   Provide a simple fundraiser for schools and other organizations to raise money without relying on sales.

o   Provide a green alternative to disposing of extra footwear.

o   Provide adequate footwear for those who cannot afford new shoes.

Read some of their amazing stories here

About Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA)

Athletes Helping Athletes is a Road Runner Sports owned charity that raises donations for children who have permanent physical disabilities, like spina bifida, to gift them with adaptive bikes. Adaptive bikes are modified to support such disabilities and give children the freedom to ‘just be kids.’

We’ve had the pleasure of donating 1,267 handcycles to our AHA children since 2000. Read some of the stories about our amazing AHA Athletes here:

Athletes Helping Athletes: Helping Kids Just Be Kids

How a Bike Can Change a Kid’s Life: Zachary’s Story

Can’t Donate? You Can Still Help

Even if you’re not able to participate this year, you can still be involved. If you’re feeling inspired to help, please share this blog post on Facebook, Twitter and in emails to your friends and family.

Thank you to everyone who’s able to donate! You’re making a wonderful difference.

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