Dominican Republic 2009- NBA star Charlie Villanueva

This marks the second annual footwear donation with efforts focused on donating shoes to impoverished children in the Dominican Republic.

Crocs has teamed up again with Dominican-American NBA Star Charlie Villanueva of the Detroit Pistons to bring Crocs™ shoes to the children in impoverished regions of the Dominican Republic. This is the second annual donation, after the group paired up last year to commence the first major effort of the newly formed Tenis Para Niños (which translates to “Sneakers for Kids”) program developed by The Charlie Villanueva Foundation.

On August 14th and 15th, Tenis Para Niños and Crocs reached hundreds of Dominican children particularly in schools and orphanages in the Santo Domingo Area with a donation of Crocs™ shoes. Villanueva, along with Crocs, Feed the Children, and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) were on hand for the donation.

“This is the second year we’re putting in the efforts to help those in need in my country the Dominican Republic. There are many different areas that people tend to neglect for whatever reason. We’re hoping to focus our attention in reaching those that need the most help,” said Villanueva. “I’m grateful and happy that the partnership with Crocs continues to grow with the support of my fellow NBA players.”   –Charlie Villanueva

With more than 42% of the Dominican population living below the poverty line, and worldwide more than 1 billion people living on less than $1 per day, the need for basic necessities is a harsh reality.  Through the Charlie Villanueva Foundation, in association with Crocs and partners such as Feed The Children and the PADF, Charlie and crew are determined to make a positive difference and contribute to better health conditions & quality of life.

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