Rather than hearing about his Chino Hills High School basketball teammates’ old shoes sitting in their closets collecting dust, senior classman Nick Manor-Hall had a better idea.
The four-year varsity player who wears jersey number 13 decided to start a community-based project call “Shoe’t! That’s a Lot of Shoes” campaign that will send donated sneakers to homeless residents and local charities.
“I kind of got the idea when my mom was cleaning out my closet of things I couldn’t wear anymore. I have a bunch of shoes I don’t wear,” Nick said.
“Then we were looking for scholarships, many of which are community-based. But because of my schedule, I really didn’t have time to volunteer in the community, aside from the summer basketball camps held at Chino Hills High.”
The shoe drive began Friday, which was the Huskies’ final regular season game of the 2018-19 season. It was also senior recognition night.
Shoe donations will be accepted through April 1, Nick said.
He said he asked Huskies head coach Dennis Latimore and teammates about the shoe drive and they agreed.
“It would be a great opportunity for us to show that teamwork makes the dream work. So my teammates and I are asking the community, that rather than just let your shoes sit, show your support by donating to our cause,” Nick said.
Residents will receive a coupon to a Chino Valley business for each donated pair of shoes and will receive a raffle ticket to win a prize.
Prize donations are being sought, Nick said.
“The goal is to fill the administration parking lot in front of Chino Hills High School full of new or slightly used shoes, all sizes,” he said.
Collection containers will also soon be placed near the Chino Hills High gym hallway and other on-campus locations.
Residents can also request a shoe pickup by texting Nick’s mother, Cheryl, at (909) 295-1242.
Joining Nick on his quest are senior class teammates Anthony Bell, Will Pluma, Sam Keehan, Chris Bicera and Onyeka Okongwu; juniors Aibigho Ujadughele, Sebastian Enriquez and Sam Sousa; sophomores Marquez Fountain and Uduakobong Essien; and freshman Chuckwuemeka Okongwu.
“My sophomore and junior years of high school, I had seven classes, and I have been in band and played on the varsity basketball team since freshman year,” said Nick, a member of Chino Hills High’s 2016 and 2018 CIF State championship teams. “I had practice or training and conditioning every day, including some holidays. So now with the season and my senior year coming to an end, I figured this is the perfect time for me to give to the community.”