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Greenwich's Combine Training Collecting Sneakers For The Homeless

Combine Training, a Greenwich, Conn., athletic facility is partnering with a NYC nonprofit to collect sneakers -- new or gently used -- for the homeless.
Combine Training, a Greenwich, Conn., athletic facility is partnering with a NYC nonprofit to collect sneakers -- new or gently used -- for the homeless. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, CONN. – Is there a pair of gently used sneakers gathering dust in the back of your closet? Greenwich’s Combine Training has a way for you to start the holiday season on the right foot.

The state-of-the-art athletic facility is partnering with Andre McDonell, creator of It’s from the Sole, to get those sneakers to homeless folks in New York City.

Combine Training founders Craig and Christina Vitale have clients ranging from high school and college athletes to marathon runners and Ironman competitors.

McDonnell, who has been distributing new, donated and refreshed sneaks to the needy for four years, started his nonprofit after a chance encounter with a barefoot homeless man in SoHo.

Overwhelmed with emotion, McDonnell gave the man his own shoes and was inspired to form It’s from the Sole. It has distributed more than 8,000 pairs to date.

The Vitales said they loved the concept from the first moment they heard about it.

“Who better than us to help McDonnell with his quest to clothe those in need? We can be a conduit to bring awareness between our clients and It’s from the Sole,” said Christina Vitale. “We are strong advocates for giving back to those less fortunate.”

A collection box for donated sneakers will be set up at Combine Training at 469 West Putnam Ave. in Greenwich.

The facility’s hours are: Mondays - Fridays, 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 5:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For more information about Combine Training, call (203) 717-1700.

For more information about It’s from the Sole, click here .

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