440 Kicks organizes events to donate shoes to children in need
Hayden Speeth, owner and founder of 440 Kicks, has partnered with University Hospitals to donate shoes to children in need.
CLEVELAND – More than 100 children have received new Nike shoes before the next school year, thanks to a local entrepreneur.
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Hayden Speeth, a John Carroll University junior and owner/founder of 440 Kicks, hosted his second Kicks for Kids charity event on Saturday in partnership with University Hospitals.
“I started my business in eighth grade because I was bullied for not having cool shoes,” Speeth said. “So I took that feeling of being bullied and made it my business.”
Families of patients from Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital University Hospitals were invited to the event to receive brand new shoes for the upcoming school year.
“It’s great for the community that someone cares enough to help children and families who may not be able to get what they need for their children and families,” said participant Yvonne Dale. . “It’s awesome.”
The 440 Kicks for Kids event included food, resources and fun activities, as well as the delivery of many pairs of shoes before the next school year.
“Now that I’m at a point where my business is thriving and doing really well, I think it’s important to give back to the community I came to because I know what it’s like to be there. ‘one of those kids that doesn’t have nice shoes to go to school,” Speeth said. “My goal is to bridge that gap between not having nice things and the bullying that takes place in these schools.”
With the help of one of his teachers, Dr. Phillip Wenk, at John Carroll, Speeth was able to organize the charity event for this year and previous years.
“He works with many nonprofits and organizations in the area. He connected me with teaching hospitals…” Speeth said. “It was important for me to be able to see the kids and make that connection.”
In the future, Speeth hopes to hold more charity events and eventually wants to start a non-profit organization that will consistently donate shoes to children in need.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The above video previously aired on 3News on March 23, 2022.
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