• Shoes4Kids

    Consistent with our vision to transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience, APTA is working with Shoes4Kids to provide underprivileged children with new athletic shoes and socks.

    The NEXT 2019 service opportunity will benefit Chicago's Woodlawn Community Elementary School, which is part of the Small Schools Coalition offering students an African culture-centered curriculum in reading, language arts, math, science, cultural arts, and social science. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a solid foundation of values.

    How You Can Help

    Bring new shoes and socks to NEXT
    NEXT attendees may bring NEW athletic shoes and socks (unisex shoes and socks are best). View needs list via Sign-up Genius.

    Shoes4Kids collection bins will be located outside of the House of Delegates (June 10-12) and at NEXT through the close of registration (exact location TBA).

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    Ship new shoes and socks to Chicago
    Ship to: Babette S. Sanders, PT, DPT, MS, FAPTA
    Professor and Assistant Chair for Student Affairs
    Dept. of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences
    Feinberg School of Medicine
    Northwestern University
    645 N Michigan Ave – Suite 1100
    Chicago, Illinois 60611
    Phone: 312/908-9400

    Make a monetary donation to Shoes4Kids
    Donations can be made to Brad Thuringer (Shoes4Kids founder) online via PayPal or via GoFundMe

    Make checks payable to: Brad Thuringer, PTA
    Physical Therapist Assistant Program
    Lake Area Technical Institute
    1201 Arrow Ave
    PO Box 730
    Watetown, SD 57201-0730

    Please make monetary donations by June 1, 2019, so there is time to shop for the shoes prior to NEXT. Note: Donations after June 1 will be applied to future collections.

    About Shoes4Kids

    Shoes4Kids, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization consisting of local businesses, churches, community organizations partnering together to provide new athletic shoes and mentoring programs for fatherless and at risk children and their families. Through ongoing mentoring programs Shoes4Kids builds close-knit relationships where each party is intricately connected to one another. Shoes4Kids has been designed to Create a 'Safety Net' for children who might otherwise 'Fall through the cracks' of existing programs. Thanks to support from the physical therapy community and generous individuals, to date Shoes4Kids has provided more than 15,000 pairs of shoes and multitudes of socks to underprivileged families in the US. View images from NEXT 2018's Shoes4Kids Collection.

    Shoes4Kids Group Shot