Kicks for Kids

Kicks for Kids
January 23, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Carter Zetterquist (2nd from left) and fellow San Ramon Valley students cleaning shoes for Kicks For Kids.

Taylor Lambert
Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area

This week at Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area, I had the pleasure of being assigned to a story on San Ramon Valley's Carter Zetterquist.  Carter plays for the Wolves soccer team and is a senior at SRV.  He's one of those young and responsible 18-year-olds in the Bay Area which we run across here at Cal-Hi who not only think of himself but the community at large.  Two years ago Carter was trying to think of away to both help out his community and spread the great game of soccer. 

What Carter came up with is a nonprofit named Kicks for Kids.

Kicks for Kids is a program where Carter and some of the other San Ramon Valley boys soccer players go around the Danville community and collect gently worn soccer cleats.  After they collect enough cleats, they clean them and lace them up for underprivileged youth in the Bay Area. 

These cleats then go out to kids who really need them.  Last year Kicks for Kids sent nearly 200 pairs of cleats to the Richmond High School District where they were distributed among the youth.  For these athletes, receiving cleats from K4K makes a world of difference, just to have their appropriate shoes for the sport and not having to drop $50 to $150 on a seasonal shoe.  Have you ever tried to play soccer in tennis shoes?  It does not work.

Now due to Carter and his friends, these young athletes have the appropriate tools to help them be successful on the field. 

At Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area, we come across many amazing young individuals. But when you find somebody like Carter Zetterquist taking it upon himself to better other peoples lives through athletics, it just makes you feel good to know there's people out there like him.

Carter is not doing this for recognition or anything of that nature.  He does it out of the goodness of his heart. Carter basically just wants to see other young people doing well.  It's a good story and even a better individual, so good job Carter, keep up the good work!