REAL SALT LAKE AND KUTV2 TO CONTINUE “SHOES FOR HAITI” DRIVE THROUGH DECEMBER 21
Donations to Be Collected at KUTV2 News Studio and RSL Team Store at Rio Tinto Stadium throughout the Next Month
SANDY, Utah (Thursday, November 18, 2010) – After the success of the initial “Shoes for Haiti” donation drive earlier this month, Real Salt Lake and its broadcast partner, KUTV2, have announced the organizations will continue to collect shoes as part of the project through Tuesday, December 21. The “Shoes for Haiti” drive is being held to assist RSL midfielder Jean Alexandre in bringing much needed help to his hometown of Verrettes, Haiti, through the expansion of his Jean Alexandre Football Academy program.
During the donation drive across the next month, RSL and KUTV2 will once again be accepting new and gently-used athletic shoes. People interested in dropping off donations can do so at the following locations:
The RSL Team Store at Rio Tinto Stadium
· 9256 State Street in Sandy (Northeast corner of the stadium)
· Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (closed Nov. 24-28 for Thanksgiving holiday weekend)
· For donations exceeding 50 pairs of shoes, please contact John Koluder in the RSL Communications Department at jkoluder@RealSaltLake.com or call 801-918-5050
KUTV2 News Studio
· 299 S. Main Street in Salt Lake City (Wells Fargo Building)
· Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
· For donations exceeding 200 pairs of shoes, please contact Stephanie Avis at email@example.com or call 801-839-1234
While soccer boots will be accepted, the children of Verrettes are in need of shoes in general and not just ones to be used at the academy, so any and all donations will be accepted and will go a long way toward improving the quality of life for many people involved in the program. While the emphasis for the drive is focused on collecting youth-sized shoes, adult sizes will also gladly be accepted.
While still an undergrad at Lynn University in 2007, Alexandre and his father, Jean Sr., began a soccer academy for teenagers in Verrettes, a program that has been credited with bringing the community together and giving dozens of children a chance to learn important skills both on and off the field in the impoverished nation, especially in the wake of January’s earthquake that devastated the country. The Alexandres are now looking to expand participation in the academy to provide similar opportunities to younger age groups in his former hometown.