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Annual KIWANIS / Shoes for Kids
Charity Tennis Event

Jak has been dedicated for many years in promoting and growing the sport of tennis through teaching, coaching, special event hosting, and especially by bringing players of all levels together for the love of the game. He frequently offers his services pro-bono.

Shoes for Kids
Shoes for Kids Project raises funds and collects new, donated shoes through numerous events throughout the year.

This year's event was hosted in Punta Gorda by the Twin Isles Country Club and presented by Thomas Gruber Creek Side RV Resort. In the 10-year history of this tennis event, a total of $49,000 has been raised through sponsorships, donations, player entry fees and raffles. This has afforded thousands of athletic shoes for the neediest children in Charlotte County, distributed throughout the school system.

Sunrise Kiwanis Club of Port Charlotte and Charlotte SUN sponsor the Shoes for Kids Project. They collect new tennis and/or athletic shoes of any size for children (pre-K, elementary, middle and high) for the Charlotte County, FL public school system. These shoes are then distributed to students who are in need of a new pair of sneakers.

Contact: Christy Smith at 941-637-5611 or christyksmith@embarqmail.com, or write to Christy at: 1489 Market Circle, Unit 308, Port Charlotte, FL 33953, for locations to drop off shoes or for making a monetary donation to this worthy local cause anytime!

April, 2018 Shoes for Kids Event

A heartfelt Thank You to all who participated, attended and donated to this year's Shoes for Kids Tennis Championships!

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Shoes For Kids sponsor banner
Thanks to all our major sponsors, and all the individual sponsors as well!

Shoes For Kids Tennis Tournament, Jak Beardsworth
Spectators & Players

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Luke

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Rich

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Greg & Penny

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Jerry & Julia

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Karen Ann

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Larry & Patti

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Shoes are distributed to...

Shoes For Kids Tennis Tournament, Jak Beardsworth
children in need year-round

Thanks to Deb Peterson for the above photos!

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Thanks to all our major sponsors, and all the individual sponsors as well!


2016 Shoes for Kids hospitality stars
Cyndi Mehl and Penny Sanders.


Event staffers Kurt & Cyndi Mehl presenting 2016 check to Project Director Christy Smith (center)


Shoes are distributed to children in need year-round.