StepUp improves the athletic experience for disadvantaged youth by providing them with shoes and equipment for their sport. StepUp’s purpose is to provide youth in Omaha, NE, and Springfield, MO, with these essential items and make a lasting difference in their lives.
Being a part of sports and involved with a team is a great way to teach children lessons they will carry on long after they are finished with a sport—we want these student athletes to succeed on and off the field. The StepUp program instills valuable lessons such as teamwork, perseverance, commitment, dedication and loyalty. In addition to the health benefits, living an active lifestyle improves other critical areas such as social skills, self-esteem and relationships with others.
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The shoes and equipment are distributed to those individuals in need from schools, faith-based institutions and civic and local organizations. To be considered for the StepUp program, the children must be referred by a coach, teacher and/or administrator.