City offers free cleats to young athletes

first_imgChacon is hoping residents take advantage of the program. “We felt it would be perfect for the community because our biggest youth sport is baseball and, at the same time, in our school district of 7,500 kids, we have 4,400 receiving free or reduced lunch,” he said. “There is no reason for people not to know about this, because we have information out there in every corner of the city.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – It’s tough running the bases without the proper shoes. To help solve that, the city’s recreation program now has 590 pairs of baseball and softball cleats ready to be distributed free to local children whose families might otherwise not be able to afford them. The shoes, which retail for about $60, will be made available to Pico Rivera families who receive welfare assistance, food stamps or reduced or free school lunches. All families need to do is apply at Smith Park, at youth softball and baseball games, and at the city’s after-school program at 12 schools. Park staffers will review the applications and send out response cards to qualified families. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe deadline to apply is June 3. Officials plan to distribute the cleats June 17 at Smith Park. “Our goal is to get them out of storage and onto kids’ feet as soon as possible,” said Jason Chacon, recreation program coordinator, who showed the black and white shoes in boxes at Smith Park. The cleats came from the National Recreation and Parks Association through a partnership formed last year with Nike. About 100 communities nationwide, including Pico Rivera, applied for the shoes. Nike and association officials hope to distribute 10,000 cleats to low-income children in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, through local parks departments. “So far, we have received about 2,000 response cards from youth who already got the shoes, saying they now participate in sports because they have the cleats,” said Kathy Spangler, director of national partnerships for the National Recreation and Parks Association. last_img

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