A component fund of the Upper Valley Region of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

The Sneaker Fund

Despite the bucolic beauty of the Upper Valley, child obesity, low self-esteem and risky after-school behavior are challenges for many young people in Vermont and New Hampshire. To help address these issues, the Children’s Fund established Finding Our Stride, a school-based running program for elementary and middle school students at schools where at least 30% of the kids receive free or reduced lunch. We funded 4 school programs in the fall of 2016 and will be adding at least 8 more programs for spring of 2017.

The Sneaker Fund provides free shoes and shoe fittings to children in these running programs who could not otherwise afford quality running shoes.

Grants Awarded: 

2016 - $5,000 to provide running shoes for all Finding Our Stride programs, on an as-needed basis (need determined by principal or guidance counselor at the school).

2015 - $2,500 to provide free running shoes for middle schoolers in our XC running program at the Indian River School in Enfield, NH,  and for 3rd - 5th graders in our White River School running program.

2013 - $2,500 to support our third year providing free running shoes for middle schoolers in our XC running program at the Indian River School in Enfield, NH

2012 - $2,500 to The Sneaker Fund, to provide free shoes for needy middle schoolers in our XC running program at the Indian River School in Enfield, NH.

2011 - The Children's Fund of the Upper Valley supplied new running shoes and a free shoe fitting at Stateline Sports for all runners. The Children's fund will continue support of these programs in 2012 and beyond.

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Grant Year(s): 

2016 Children's Fund Grantees