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ASICS donates shoes to Oxford students in need

For the second year in a row kids who need new shoes but can’t afford them will catch a break thanks to the ASICS America Corporation.

The Oxford School District accepted 242 pairs of shoes valued at $6,531.92 this week that will be given out to less fortunate students.

“We are certainly lucky to have a partner like ASICS,” Oxford School District Superintendent Brian Harvey said.

Harvey said the connection with ASICS America is through a parent of a student who works there. The parent wanted to give back to the school, so he helped arrange the donation.

He said the shoes would provide counselors something to put on the feet of children throughout the year. They will go toward students whose family may not be able to afford shoes.

ASICS is a shoe company based in Japan that specializes in athletic equipment and footwear. Their equipment is designed for a wide range of sports.

The company’s mission is to be a positive influence in communities like Oxford where their employees and customers live and work.

The company states it strives through charitable donations and other philanthropic activities, by providing disaster relief and by supporting education for healthier and more sustainable lifestyles.

Harvey said the shoes will be picked up within the next two weeks and will be doled out over the course of the year.