The 2017 beneficiary for the Redbud Classic is Cleats for Kids.
Cleats for Kids (C4K) started operating out of a house with two sheds in 2011 and implemented a collection drive at a birthday party as a way to recycle old sports equipment. Since then C4K has helped thousands of kids play sports by providing 33,000 items to kids in need. Through incredible community engagement, C4K is able to make the experience of playing a team sport accessible to kids across Oklahoma City. With that experience comes many integral lessons, including teamwork, perseverance, and an overall sense of belonging.
In June 2015, C4K moved to its current location with 2,800 square feet and created the “C4K Store” for kids, families and coaches to shop free of charge. Items are kept by sport and size for easy selection, giving kids the experience of shopping for their sports gear.
C4K currently partners with 28 school districts and 24 community organizations to help provide kids with sporting goods, including the Greater Oklahoma City YMCAs, Police Athletic League, Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma City, Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Clubs, Cleveland County YMCA and numerous youth sports leagues.
Another important facet of the C4K Mission lies in the C4K Varsity, comprised of 100 high school students who volunteer to work on in the store while planning and hosting the Summer Kick Off annual fundraiser (SKO). The C4K Executive Teen Board, comprised of 20 high school students, is instrumental in leading their peers in planning collection drives and projects. There is also a Middle School Board with 35 kids who have projects throughout the year and help with SKO. These three groups exemplify the idea of kids helping kids, which C4K leadership believes is important for their philanthropic development.
Since its inception, C4K has been certified by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Standards of Excellence, received multiple awards and been chosen as the recipient of several major grants.
The Redbud Classic presented its 2016 beneficiary, Peppers Ranch Foster Care Community, with a donation of $25,000 from the 34th annual race proceeds. Not only was Peppers Ranch the 2016 beneficiary, but they provided volunteers throughout the race weekend, helping make the race a success.
Nearly 4,500 participants enjoyed the cycling tours and run/walk events on April 9 and 10, 2016. The Redbud Classic is invested in Oklahoma City’s community, making the commitment to ensure race proceeds go to a local nonprofit each year.
Peppers Ranch seeks to “break the cycle” of child abuse and neglect through loving homes, counseling and growth-oriented activities. The organization also supports foster parents in their mission of care, provides services to children in need and develops a plan for building hope for a successful future. The Redbud Classic was proud to partner with Peppers Ranch for the 2016 race weekend and provide them with funds to continue their invaluable mission.
The Redbud Classic has raised more than $525,000 for local nonprofits since 1982. Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2017, the Redbud Classic has become an Oklahoma City tradition involving the community through fitness, fun and philanthropy.