Media Coverage: 16-Year-old runner launches local youth program to inspire kids to make big in life

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Founded by a passionate teen runner and entrepreneur Grace Lu, Shoes That Inspire youth program by Healthy Lifestyle for Youth is dedicated to make kids healthier and more confident through new pairs of athletic shoes.

San Ramon, CA – November 9, 2017 – San Ramon based 16-year-old runner & entrepreneur Grace Lu has recently launched a local youth program to motivate kids towards physical fitness and a healthy promising life. Titled as “Shoes That Inspire”, the program is aimed to support children-in-need with new athletic shoes that will enable them to participate in more physical activities, improve fitness, attend school more often with dignity and march ahead with more confidence. The maxim of the program is “New Shoes=New Hope”.

Shoes That Inspire is a part of Grace Lu’s non-profit organization Healthy Lifestyle for Youth. The program is being launched out of Grace’s deep passion for running. An ardent runner, Grace believes that every child deserves to sport new and comfortable shoes which would help them to feel self-assured and loved about themselves. High confidence would further inspire them to set ambitious goals and make it big in life.

Grace’s promising program was initially started to help kids-in-need at Richmond-based Benito Juarez Elementary. Students at the Richmond school are elated to receive new athletic shoes from Grace and her team. At present, the program is looking forward to helping needy kids at schools all across the Bay area and beyond.

“A new pair of athletic shoes is not just a shoe. In fact, it’s a change-maker that can create a huge difference in a child’s life and that too for better. Such ethos forms the very essence of our ‘Shoes That Inspire’ program. A good pair of shoes helps a child to feel cool and great about him/her. It encourages him/her to participate more in physical activities both in & out of school, enhances fitness and also improves the level of confidence in the child. A confident kid is never scared to set ambitious goals and work towards it which ultimately leads him/her to a successful life”, stated Grace Lu while talking about her program.

Grace and her team at HLFY has partnered with volunteers to conduct the program in their communities. The organization works directly with schools to locate and measure the children who need the shoes the most.

HLFY is integrated with Grace Lu’s running accessory store My Favorite Run that extends handcrafted motivational fitness jewelries designed by Grace herself. Products from the store are sold at store online and at local race events to fund HLFY’s charitable endeavors. Presently all proceeds from the My Favorite Run’s sales would be directly utilized to fund the Shoes That Inspire project.

“We extend a hearty welcome to all those caring and conscientious individuals out there to join us in our program. You can donate new athletic shoes or else can locate a school in your owncommunity, find out the children in need, buy and deliver the new pairs of shoes. New shoes lead to a new happiness, health and prosperity.”

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