Give Shoes: A Tennis Shoe Drive for Japan

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Japan Needs Our Help

The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan left over 500,000 individuals homeless and in need of basic supplies, clothing and shoes. In an effort to help victims of these devastating events, I joined forces with a wonderful charity, Soles4Souls, and asked my local tennis community to ask for support! From April 1st to 10th, 15 tennis facilities, throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, participated in GIVE SHOES: A Tennis Shoe Drive for Japan, by collecting sneakers from their members and pros.

Tennis students donate to GIVE SHOES!

In order to reach friends in the entertainment world, I teamed up with fellow Audrey Magazine writer, Paul Nakayama, to host a Goodwill Gathering for Japan. A lively group of fun-loving philanthropist came out for the worthy cause, with MANY tennis shoes in hand! A few familiar faces included actor C.S. Lee from the hit show, Dexter; as well as actors Karin Anna Cheung and Hahn Cho, musician Bobby Choy from Big Phony, MMA fighter Yves Edwards and Hapa from DJ Scratch Academy. A slew of sponsors– Head, Keds, Gyenari Korean BBQ & Lounge, Cashmere Agency and DJ Scratch Academy– kindly donated services and shoes. Plus, a portion of the evening’s proceeds raised money for Soles4Souls. With everyone’s help, we were able to collect a total of 289 pairs of shoes in ONE night!

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By April 10th, I had made countless trips to the Donation Site, with shopping carts FILLED to the brim with shoes. I was so touched by the tennis community’s generosity and willingness to help. GIVE SHOES would not have been as successful without the support of the countless club managers, pros (including my Mom!), and players who promoted the event and donated hundreds of sneakers.  Head sent 32 pairs of brand new kicks to Soles4Souls! Even actor-comedian, Will Ferrell, donated several bags of sneakers at his local tennis club!

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At the end of GIVE SHOES– after the 10-day Tennis Shoe Drive, as well as the Goodwill Gathering–  I’m very proud to say that we collected a GRAND TOTAL of 752 pairs of shoes!!! This was an unbelievable experience, which started with me dropping off FOUR pairs of shoes at a Donation Site, then having an overwhelming desire to contribute more. With the help of family, friends and perfect strangers, in less than TWO weeks, we were able to come together and give back, in a bigger way.

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15 PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS

I’d like to thank every tennis club and facility that has agreed to participate. It’s truly a blessing to have such kindhearted, generous tennis players in our community.

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Westside

Palisades Tennis Center
851 Alma Real Drive
Pacific Palisades 90272

Riviera Country Club
1250 Capri Drive
Pacific Palisades 90402

Westwood Tennis Center
1350 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Westwood 90025

Westwood Sporting Goods
1065 Gayley Ave
Westwood 90024

Marina City Club
4333 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey 90292

Tennis Channel
(Employees Only)
2850 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica 90405

3555 Hayden Avenue
Culver City 90232

Cheviot Hills Tennis
2551 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles 90064

Beverly Hills Country Club
(Members & Guests Only)
3084 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles 90064

Hollywood

LA Tennis at Griffith Park
3403 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles 90027

Los Angeles Tennis Club
(Members only)
5851 Clinton Street
Los Angeles
90038

VALLEY

Burbank Tennis Center
1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard
Burbank 91504

Mulholland Tennis Center
(Members only)
2555 Crest View Drive
Los Angeles 90046

ORANGE COUNTY

Los Caballeros Tennis Club
17272 Newhope Street
Fountain Valley 92708

Murdy Park
7000 Norma Drive
Huntington Beach 92647


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Together, we are stronger.
Thank you!

For more information on Soles4Souls, please visit:
www.GiveShoes.org


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