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Orange Bowl launches Kicks For Kids with In Jacob’s Shoes

The Orange Bowl announced the launch of its annual Kicks For Kids Program, in partnership with In Jacob’s Shoes, a local charity that provides new and gently used shoes, school supplies and athletic shoes and equipment to economically disadvantaged youth.

The organization will once again challenge schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to collect shoes. In addition, the Orange Bowl is partnering with Baptist Health South Florida to use its facilities as community collection sites. Anyone can drop off a pair of new or gently used athletic shoes in the Kicks For Kids boxes at participating Miami-Dade or Broward County Baptist Health Urgent Care Centers or Baptist Health Medical Plazas. TD Bank is also an associate sponsor of this year’s Kicks for Kids Program.

The Orange Bowl and Baptist Health are hosting a photo challenge, where people can post pictures of themselves donating shoes at the Baptist Health collection sites for a chance to win a VIP experience for two at the 2014 MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic featuring game tickets and behind-the-scenes access. To participate, donors are encouraged to use the hastag #Kicks4KidsChallenge tagging @BaptistHealthSF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and, nominate their family and friends to take the challenge.

For the school challenge, six schools – three schools from Miami-Dade and three from Broward County – will have the opportunity to win up to $1,500. Participating schools from across both counties are asked to collect new or gently used athletic shoes and cleats throughout the month of November. The top collectors from Miami-Dade and Broward counties will each receive a $1,500 grant from the Orange Bowl, with the second and third finishers receiving $1,000 and $500, respectively.

Last year, the Orange Bowl collected more than 4,000 shoes, the majority from the School Challenge. This year, the Orange Bowl’s goal is to collect 5,000 pairs for South Florida youth.

“The South Florida community’s response to the Orange Bowl’s Kicks for Kids Program has been very gratifying,” said Orange Bowl CEO Eric Poms. “Because of their contributions, we have exceeded our own goals in each of the first three years. We can’t wait to see the results of this year’s challenge.”

For a list of participating collection sites,

visit: http://community.orangebowl.org/community-involvement/kicks-4-kids/

Other businesses and individuals are also encouraged to participate.

If you or your business would like to collect or provide shoes or make a monetary donation to the program, contact Melissa Klein at mklein@orangebowl.org.

The Orange Bowl is a 360-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community.

The Orange Bowl features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 31, 2014. Other Orange Bowl core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, Orange Bowl Swim Classic and Orange Bowl Paddle Championships.

For information on the 2014-15 Orange Bowl events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program presented by Panera Bread,

log on to www.orangebowl.org

In Jacob’s Shoes is a 501(c)3 Charity and was formed in 2009 in loving memory of Jacob S. Zweig. In Jacob’s Shoes provides new and gently used shoes, school supplies and athletic gear to children in need as well as grants for camp, athletic and enrichment programs.

Since inception, In Jacob’s Shoes has served more than 80 agencies, schools and shelters and provided 23,000+ pairs of shoes and 2,500 backpacks with school supplies for children living in shelters, foster care and poverty in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.

For information, including volunteer opportunities,

visit www.injacobsshoes.org or facebook.com/InJacobsShoes.

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