Soles4Souls is a non-profit social enterprise based in Nashville, TN that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Sloane Stephens has partnered with Soles4Souls to help fight poverty by donating a pair of gently worn shoes which will be recycled and redistributed to people in need throughout the U.S. and worldwide. The Volvo Car Open, Connecticut Open and Citi Open’s have worked with Sloane to collect shoes throughout the tournament grounds, in the player locker rooms and at the main entrance of the tournament for fans and players to donate.
“The connection between poverty and shoes is well documented,” said Buddy Teaster, president and CEO, Soles4Souls. “The World Bank estimates that approximately 400 million children worldwide live in pronounced poverty, and millions of these children don’t have access to adequate footwear. We are thrilled that so many got involved to help Soles4Souls “Wear Out Poverty”.
The shoes that collect in the back of our closets and forgotten in our basements add up and help make a positive difference for those in need.