Georgia teen takes shoes off runners’ feet for Jamaican teens

Georgia teen takes shoes off runners’ feet for Jamaican teens

Kingston : Jamaica | May 19, 2011 at 12:05 AM PDT
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A Georgia teen has created a unique charity drive towards his parents native country of Jamaica.

All of Oneal Wanliss's life had been playing soccer within the United States while he was being raised in Georgia.

Wanliss family in Jamaica has reaped the benefits of the extra shoes that he had used for the season and sent them back home.

This little action of sending his old athletic equipment to his family members in his parents native land has turned into a full scale charity cause that has been driving Wanliss forward.

Now that Wanliss is a star at track at his High school, he has used his new found sport to help him try and make a bigger impact to his family's native country.

His solution was to create a drive called Spikes for Tykes which donates spikes for track shoes to kids in Jamaica.

This idea has started to gain traction in and around his home and high school.

Already there have been many shoes and spikes that have been donated to Jamaica.

he entire idea started as part ofHoly Innocents High School Program for Global Citizen ship, which is geared toward encouraging active leadership and global goodwill for its students.

"I've played soccer all my life, and whenever I had old cleats, I would send them to my family and cousins in Jamaica," Wanliss told the Journal-Constitution. "With my class project, I saw this as an opportunity to expand on what I had been doing, but with track cleats."

One of Wanliss' instructors made it clear that his students' efforts would go much further than simply the end of his career at Holy Innocents.

This is just the start for which the student wishes to do more good to for the country.

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