Knoxville Area Urban League


Knoxville Area Urban League Shoes for School

Shoes for School is an annual back-to-school event that provides new shoes and school supplies for more than 1,000 area children. Each spring, we work with other non-profit agencies to help us identify and register children age 5-12 who most need the help. Purchasing shoes and school supplies for over 1,000 children is a big undertaking, but seeing the delight on the kids’ faces and knowing that providing these basic necessities helps them feel more comfortable and confident with their peers makes it all worthwhile.

Another Great Year!

On August 8th  at Ashley Nicole Dream Playground, we were able to provide more than 1200 pairs of new sneakers; and school supplies to more than 2500 area children in need.

We hope you were there to see the many smiles, fun, and confidence in the children! With your support, we will continue to help start the school year off “on the right foot”.  It’s not just about the shoes! Thank you to all volunteers, sponsors, donors and you for your support!

For information about 2015 Shoes For School, click Here!

See how those who benefit from the event are impacted!

Watch our video to learn more:

We invite you to support 2016 Shoes for School by clicking the “Donate” button below or mailing a check to the Urban League at 1514 East Fifth Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917.

Another opportunity for involvement is booth sponsorship. Booth sponsors are an important part of Shoes for School. Each year, about 35 organizations – including corporations, sororities, area non-profits, churches and others – host booths that include a game or activity for the kids and give away school supplies. Shoes for School is an exciting, carnival-like atmosphere, and it is an excellent community service/team building project for employees. If your organization is interested in participating or if you’d like more information about 2016 Shoes for School, contact Ola Blackmon-McBride (; 865-524-5511).

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