By Jonathan Singh SYRACUSE N.Y. (NCC News) – A grateful give back is what one former Syracuse University men’s basketball star is doing. Eric Devendorf is giving back to the Syracuse community.
Devendorf has teamed up with the Salvation Army and the Boeheim Foundation to start Kicks for Kids. This effort will encourage donations of gently used sneakers, the goal is to eventually fit the feet of teenagers and children who are in need of shoes. The program began earlier this month and will continue until the end of August.
“A real big supporter of the Salvation Army, Devendorf grew up in tough circumstances, and he knows that it’s important for kids and teenagers to have good shoes,” says Andrew Sabbaghzadeh of the Salvation Army.
Sabbaghzadeh is familiar with Devendorf’s background, as they are trying to receive as many donations as possible before school starts.
Devendorf and the Salvation Army are accompanied by Syracuse University’s Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim and his wife Julie, as they will be contributing to Kicks for Kids through the Boeheim foundation.
“Jim and Julie Boeheim Foundation got involved in this now, there going to give us a financial gift for every pair of shoes that come in so we are hopeful that it will create a lot of energy” says Sabbaghzadeh.
Devendorf and the Boeheim Foundation will be at the Syracuse Salvation Army August 26th for a meet and greet with the public. All are welcome as they hope to help the teens and children in need of new shoes.