FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2013) – Sneakers for Students, a program established by IHOP and IHOPE charities to provide new sneakers to children in need, benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs, donated more than 70 pairs of sneakers to the Boys & Girls clubs of Lee County.

The sneakers were collected from participating IHOP restaurants and then distributed to members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County.

“It was such a joy to see the smiling faces of the children who received the new shoes,” said Shannon Lane, chief professional officer of the BGCLC. “The simple experience of receiving new shoes can empower a child and set him or her up for success. The generosity of our community is truly overwhelming.”

“This is such a help,” said one foster parent of three children at the BGCLC. “New shoes weren’t in our household budget, and I know my children were upset about wearing old shoes to school.”

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs is to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The Clubs provide safe places where children can learn, grow, receive help with homework and develop coping skills that assist them in avoiding destructive influences in a fast-paced, complex world. Membership dues are $10 per school year so that all children can have access to our programs. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County relies upon the philanthropic support of individuals, corporations and foundations in order to sustain and grow its services.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County or to arrange a tour, please call 239-334-1886 or visit