Sneakers for Success have come along way since their start back in September 2011. It began with Trggr dream team member and 2012 UMass Engineering Graduate Sam Del Pilar’s vision of combining his love of sneakers with his passion to improve our education system, and uplift our inner city communities of color. After establishing his power team including fellow dream team members Jose Cotto, Josh Hernandez, Chris Wise, Abi Richardson, Daniela Sanchez, and Harmonie Jean-Charland the S4S movement took off.
The organization had their first opportunity to test their theory of using sneaker culture and its sub-cultures as an educational medium during The Renaissance School in Springfield, Mass Intensives Week. The organization’s pilot program with The Renaissance School was an instant success and helped create and maintain a steady buzz about the program throughout the Pioneer Valley. On June 28, 2012 Sneakers for Success launched their first annual fundraising event Sole Connections in New York City. The night showcased amazing performing and visual artists and served as a meeting ground for sneaker culture, hip-hop, and the arts.
Bobbito Garcia was one of many iconic guests in attendance that evening showcasing the highly anticipated documentary Doin it in The Park:Pick UP Basketball, NYC, which which explores the history of NYC pick-up basketball . It was truly amazing to witness the number of individuals who came out to support S4S and the organizations initiative to improve the current state of our educational system. S4S was able to raise over $4,000 and are one step closer to becoming a 501c3 organization. The funds raised will also aid in the development of S4S unique curriculum which is scheduled to be introduced to The High School of Sports Management in Brooklyn, NY and The Holyoke Boy’s and Girl’s club in Holyoke, Mass this coming fall.If you were unable to make it out to Sole Connections please check out the links below to get exclusive behind the scenes interviews, photos, and so much more!
Go to The S4S Facebook page to check out Sole Connections Photos
The Coach Sessions Interviews with:
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Artsy Magazine Sole Connections Recap Video
Artsy Magazine Interviews Female Visual Artist Jenny Rose
Sneakers for Success was founded in September 2011 by University of Massachusetts Amherst engineering graduate and Queens, NY native Samuel del Pilar. The non-profit organization uses sneaker culture, urban lifestyle, and design to empower, inspire, and motivate underrepresented youth toward academic success. The organization’s services include workshops and curriculum development that focus on critical thinking and problem solving skills. The use of sneakers as an educational medium keeps the students engaged and connected to the standard classroom material as well as exposing them to ways they can transform their passion into anything. For more information, please visit our website: sneakers4success.org