Ready to Run
The lack of running shoes impacts children of all ages. In elementary school, kids who don’t have proper footwear are unable to fully participate in Physical Education and are sometimes even denied the chance to do so. In middle and high school, kids are held back from participating in sports because of a lack of shoes or are playing in shoes that don’t fit properly.
C4K’s Ready to Run Programs focus on providing elementary, middle and high school students with running shoes. These running shoes allow kids to participate in PE, cross-train for their sport, and even play at recess. For cross country and track athletes, C4K provides high-end running shoes to support their training and competition.
Simon Greiner Track and Field Program
The Simon Greiner Track and Field Program is a collaborative partnership with Fields & Futures, Red Coyote Running & Fitness, and OKC Public Schools to reignite a passion for running in Oklahoma City. It serves to honor the memory of Simon Greiner, a student athlete who acted as a positive force in the lives of anyone who ran with him at Edmond Memorial High School, the University of Tulsa, and beyond. The concept of good sportsmanship that Simon exemplified is a driving tenant of the Program.
This program serves ALL Oklahoma City Public Middle Schools and High schools. C4K’s partnerships with Red Coyote Running is instrumental in helping fit and equip these athletes with the shoes and spikes they need.
In 2022-2023, 1640 student athletes received new shoes through this program.
Equip Oklahoma is C4K's Foundational sporting goods program. Equip Oklahoma takes a three-pronged approach: a simple and flexible collection and distribution model for sporting goods; a "Locker Room" where kids and coaches in need can shop free of charge; and youth involvement in all aspects of our mission.
C4K is able to provide this equipment free of charge through community drives and drop-off donation centers where we gather new and used equipment from across the community. Once the gear is collected, hundreds of volunteers then help us sort and clean each piece of equipment so young athletes and coaches can come and “shop” at the C4K Locker Room free of charge.