NNU SIFE presents Konverted Kicks program

January 27, 2010, 11:58 am

Do you have shoes you don’t use anymore?  Would you like to donate them to those in need?  Here is your opportunity!  Northwest Nazarene University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) club is kickin’ off Konverted Kicks, one of the many projects planned for the 2010 spring semester.

Ashley Morman, a senior from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, the brainchild of this project and co-CEO of SIFE, started thinking about how many athletic shoes she had accumulated throughout her three and a half years as a collegiate runner.  Every three to four months or 500 miles, a runner needs to get new shoes to avoid injuries.  However, the shoes are usually still in good enough condition to use for walking but not running.  Morman did not want to simply throw away the old shoes and also realized there was a huge supply of shoes her fellow teammates and other athletes had lying around in their closets.  She saw the need for people who could use the shoes.  Excited about the potential to help others, Morman shared the idea with the SIFE team.

Once the shoe program is established on campus, the next phase is to share the concept and Konverted Kicks business plan to other schools within the GNAC (Great Northwest Athletic Conference) and other local universities.  The goal is to start locally and then spread regionally.  SIFE is looking for community members to help logistically and financially for the project.

NNU’s campus has collection boxes located in the Johnson Sports Center, Student Center and several dorms.  Starting in February, Flying M, a coffee shop downtown Nampa at 1314 2nd Street South, will have a collection box as well for easier access to the public.

These shoes will be sent directly to those in need in the local and global community.  Currently, SIFE is in the process of working with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and Hands of Hope in an effort to send gently used athletic or casual shoes to Haiti.  The team is also looking to partner with a shoe company (like NIKE or Finish Line) to recycle the shoes.  NIKE specifically converts old shoes into rubber than can be used for track turf and playgrounds.

Instead of discarding shoes or letting them sit in your closet, SIFE would appreciate your help by choosing recycling—the best alternative.  The collection will continue until March 21 at which time SIFE hopes to reach their established goal of collecting 500 pairs.

For more information or if you would like to get involved, contact the project group leaders, Danielle Bickford ( and Bryan Beaty ( or SIFE faculty advisor Dr. Mark Emerson (

SIFE is an international non-profit organization active on more than 1,400 university campuses in 48 countries. SIFE teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that focus on market economics, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, personal success skills and business ethics.

Northwest Nazarene University, a Christian comprehensive university, offers over 60 areas of study, master’s degree programs in eleven disciplines, accelerated degree programs, concurrent credit for high school students, and a variety of continuing education credits. In addition to its 85-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers programs online as well as in Boise, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, and in cooperation with programs in 10 countries. Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 10,000 continuing education students, and 1,900 high school students through the concurrent credit program.

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