Besides being one of the top point guards of all-time, Houston Rockets star Chris Paul has developed a reputation as an athlete who is community minded. His charitable endeavors are well documented. His CP3 Professional Bowling Association Celebrity Invitational just celebrated its 10th anniversary. It’s just been announced that the Chris Paul Family Foundation will partner with Shoes That Fit, an organization that provides shoes to low-income children. The two organizations will partner to give 700 pairs of shoes at the David Cox Elementary School during the All-Star Weekend.
“When you’re a kid, you don’t really understand everything that goes into it,” Paul said describing the purpose behind the partnership. “You just want a cool, nice pair of shoes. Even for my kids, obviously they live a totally different lifestyle than me and their mother lived growing up, but we try to teach them to be appreciative, to be grateful for all the different things that they have, because a lot of kids don’t have those things.”
Shoes That Fit tackles one of the most visible signs of poverty by giving kids in need new athletic shoes to attend school with dignity. It is their hope that they can stop bullying by making sure no child is wearing shoes that are too old or smelly or too inappropriate.
Since its founding over 27 years ago in 1992, Shoes That Fit has provided over 2 million pairs of brand-new shoes and various other items to children across the United States.
Their vision is that one day, every child in America who is in needs of new shoes gets new shoes, allowing all children the chance to reach their highest potential.
Since 2005, The Chris Paul Family Foundation endeavors to positively influence individuals and families by leveling the playing field in Education, Sports and Life. The foundation provides resources that enhance and empower healthy development of strong communities.