Grades of Green Youth Corps student, Sam Holtze, is making it his mission to collect shoes from numerous races this school year, all of which will be donated to Soles4Souls. Sam kicked off his initiative by coordinating other Youth Corps students to help collect over 10 pairs of used running shoes after the Manhattan Beach Hometown 10K and at Village Runner the week following the race.

By collecting these old shoes that would traditionally be thrown away, Sam is helping divert the shoes from the landfill and directing them to a place where they are needed and can be used. Through Soles4Souls, the shoes are sent to people in third world countries who do not have any footwear. To learn more about Soles4Souls go here.