Menlo Masters, one of the largest masters swim teams in Northern California, will host the Blue, Gold & Red Intrasquad Meet, benefiting My New Red Shoes on April 28 from 6:00 to 9:00 am. There will not only be competition in the pool, but participating teams will compete to collect the most new athletic shoes to donate to the homeless children served by the nonprofit organization. Donation barrels are set up in the lobby of the Burgess Park pool facility for Masters swimmers, Burgess swimmers and the community to participate in the shoe drive.
Tim Sheeper, head coach of Menlo Masters, trains 350 swimmers and also provides opportunities for the team to support those in need in the community. In December, the team fulfilled the wishes of many needy children with gifts through the Family Giving Tree. In February, as part of the Can-Do campaign, the team collected an entire busload of canned food for the Menlo Park Senior Center Brown Bag Program and each participant swam 50,000, 100,000 or more yards.
The upcoming shoe drive in support of My New Red Shoes, a program that partners with shelters in the Bay Area to identify homeless children in need of new shoes and clothing for school, is a natural fit for community-focused Menlo Masters.
“I’ve been swimming with Menlo Masters for six years and have been on the Board of My New Red Shoes since its founding in 2006,” said Timi Most, Menlo Masters team member and current Co-Chair of the Board of Directors at My New Red Shoes. ” I am excited to bring these two areas of my life together. Over the last six years, My New Red Shoes has provided brand new shoes and clothing for more than 11,000 school-aged homeless children in the Bay Area, and this drive will help us reach the 4,000 children we’re trying to serve this year.”