Back in May 2015, Ryan Luft organized a drive for Detroit PAL through his Kleats 4 Kids organization. Ryan was able to get his entire school involved in the collection. They developed a marketing plan, made flyers, sent out email announcements and set up donation boxes on the four campuses of Detroit Country Day School. With the help of his fellow students, they donated nearly 200 pairs of cleats to Detroit PAL!
Later that year, Ryan was contacted by Eastern Michigan University to start a Kleats 4 Kids donation program with the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. The group is made up of student leaders from each of the sports teams at Eastern Michigan University. After meeting with the EMU student athletes and presenting their mission and background on the Kleats 4 Kids organization, they teamed up to decorate collection boxes for the EMU athletic areas. During the collection time, Ryan and his Detroit Country Day School classmates were working to collect cleats of their own. Throughout the winter, both groups were able to collect nearly 200 pairs each!
Through the hard work of Ryan Luft, the Eastern Michigan University students, and students at Detroit Country Day School, they were able to collect around 400 pairs of cleats! They donated all of the cleats to the kids of Detroit PAL.
Detroit PAL can only continue to provide for the kids of Detroit with help from volunteers and donations. Thank you so much to everyone who was involved in this amazing project! Your hard work will allow 400 Detroit PAL kids to receive a pair of cleats that they would not have been able to get otherwise.