Local student gathers friends, shoes for impoverished

Christian Glover

Christian Glover

With a heart for those in need, high school student Christian Glover is not only running hard for the Bolles Cross Country team, but running his own campaign to shoe the shoeless.

Glover, a senior at The Bolles School, wanted to help raise awareness and deliver on a higher purpose outside of the typical preseason party for teammates. His leadership on the track has spilled over into the conscience of fellow runners, teammates and friends as the concept of selflessness was exhibited at a recent rally, Aug. 20.

In order to assist those in need, Glover contacted Soles4Souls, a nonprofit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. A donation drive was then initiated with the help of his parents, friends and fellow teammates. Glover will continue to reach out to others at the school and deliver lightly used running shoes to a collection and distribution center in Jacksonville throughout the school year. The shoes will then be delivered to those in poverty around the globe through distribution channels worldwide.

Instead of deciding to simply host a party for his pals, Glover chose to deliver on his promise and purpose, receiving dozens of shoes to kick off his campaign. While making a short welcome speech to rally his peers and parents in attendance, Glover said, “You’re all in for a treat this year…we’re going to have a really strong team.”

Praising the hard work of teammates, Glover also reminded them to appreciate their parents. He echoed the sentiments from a basketball coach and mentor who taught him a great lesson at a summer camp. “You need to thank your parents, they will always be there for you 100 percent,” he said.

Bolles kicked off its 2016 cross-country program on Aug. 19 as it faced off for a meet on its home turf at the San Jose campus.

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