SAVING SOLES FOR KIDS

ABOUT US


Savings Soles is a loving organization committed to providing footwear to children across the world. Saving Soles was founded by the basketball skills academy Kingdom Performance. The organization is passionate about bringing awareness and blessing kids that are worlds apart.

Mission
To provide footwear to people in third world countries while spreading the values of humanity and the gift of basketball. We want to teach kids in the U.S how blessed they are and how they can help others. We want to teach poverty stricken kids that live internationally they are not forgotten and the world is one small love filled place.

We ensure that each donated shoe has a picture of the donor before shipping. There will be established contacts in each country we donate to that will facilitate the distribution of the shoes and document each transaction. This is important because we want to encourage the value of generosity for many US youth who do not understand the privileges they really have. We know this tangible connection between the donor and recipient will provide us with word of mouth advertising after the feeling of accomplishment these donors feel, resulting in increased donations. Currently we are shipping shoes to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and we ship a minimum of 60-100 shoes during every visit.





OUR TEAM



Rodrick Matthews, Director

Rodrick Matthews will serve as a director for Saving Soles. Rodrick was an outstanding player in high school at Cole High School in San Antonio and attended Prairie View A&M University on a Army ROTC scholarship. He graduated with a BS in Industrial Engineering. He started the XrossOver Basketball Academy in 2008 while working as an Engineer at Abbott Labs. Rodrick also co-founded the basketball training academy Kingdom Performance in 2014. Rodrick's passion to help kids birthed the motivation to give back to those less fortunate and Saving Soles was born. His wife, currently living in Ethiopia, serve as the coordinator for distributing the donated shoes in this area.



Keith Spencer, Co-Director

Keith Spencer will serve as co-director for Serving Soles. Keith received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Texas-San Antonio(UTSA), where he contributed in charging the dynamics of the roadrunner basketball program. In 2008, Coach Keith graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He then signed a contact to play professional basketball for De Friesland Aris in Holland.

Keith has worked with kids as a coach and also co-founded Kingdom Performance. Keith serves on the board of another non-profit working with special needs children and adults and has prided himself on charity. Keith has been married to his beautiful wife Natasha for 6 years and they have a 5 year-old daughter, Sarai.




Dagmawit Matthews
Community Coordinator Addis, Ababa



Seidi Negash
Director of Global Operations


Seidi moved to the US 22 years ago from Ethiopia and has been US citizen for 17 years. She earned her BA in Kenya and her master in Connecticut. Her passion has always been traveling, giving and connecting with locals and she has now traveled to over 60 countries. Her observation was that all Human Beings love and want the same things. She is very thankful as she gets to live her dreams with Saving Soles. Seidi will focus on connecting Orphans and less fortunate kids from third world countries with our first world countries kids via pen-palship, e-mail, and other means of communication to keep the hearts open and love flowing.




Nicole Lynn
Director of U.S. Operations