Detroit PAL is able to be successful because of the efforts of staff, volunteers, and the surrounding community. Recently, a young man named Ryan Luft contacted us about helping us serve our kids. Ryan, at only 14 years of age, founded a non-profit organization called Kleats 4 Kids.
Ryan, who plays basketball, baseball, football and golf, was trying to come up with a way that he could help underprivileged kids have the same opportunities to participate in sports as he did. After much brainstorming, he came up with the idea to donate gently-used cleats to kids who need them.
“I chose Detroit PAL because I looked at what you guys do and I thought it would be a great opportunity to donate the cleats to the children in PAL programs,” said Ryan, “Detroit PAL looks like a great way to have kids get the necessary activity they need in order to be healthy and I thought they could use some cleats.”
After joining the Centennial Club at Detroit Country Day School, he was able to get his entire school involved in the project. 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. “All in all, it was a huge effort by the entire centennial club and our teachers,” said Ryan, “I’m very satisfied on how it was developed and executed!”
Ryan was able to come down to Detroit PAL in April and bring with him some of the teachers and students who helped make this a success. They were all able to learn a little more about Detroit PAL and the work that is done here. “I was amazed at the work you guys do,” Ryan said about Detroit PAL, “Everybody thought it was a great experience and an organization that the school will continue to donate to in the future.”
It’s amazing what one person can do while inspiring others. Ryan and Detroit Country Day School were able to donate around 200 pairs of cleats for the kids who play in Detroit PAL. We are very grateful to everyone who was involved and our kids are going to love their new cleats!