SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – A South Brunswick High School student is recycling used soccer cleats so children in undeveloped countries can play.

"The ‘Cleats For Kids’ used soccer cleat drive is a great way to help children who are less fortunate,” SBHS student Samia Baig said. “My family had several pairs of soccer cleats collecting in the garage and wanted to donate them. We contacted the President of the MSSL Foundation, Mr. Steve Schilling, who was happy to offer assistance in the collection and delivery of the cleats to Central America.”

The MSSL is a 501 c3 not-for profit organization whose mission is providing player development opportunities to advance soccer in the USA, according to the organization’s website. 

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“We have a wide range of sport tournaments, events and programs dedicated to the progression of youth players through their sport career,” the organization’s website said. “Our mission is to help players develop and to provide the opportunities for help them to succeed. Designed for all competitive levels, our programs are held at premier outdoor facilities and state-of-the-art indoor complexes.”

Baig is collecting the used cleats at several locations in the township and region.

Cleats can be dropped off at The Field Sports Complex located at 8 Cornwall Court., East Brunswick, Ewing Sports Retail at 1325 U.S. 206 in Skillman, the Princeton Soccer Experience at 190 Witherspoon Street in Princeton, as well as the South Brunswick Public Library, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction and The Islamic Society of Central Jersey: 4145 Route 1 in Monmouth Junction in the township.

“There are multiple drop off locations in Central Jersey that are accepting the donations of the cleats,” Baig said. “I would like to encourage other soccer clubs in Central Jersey and beyond to help in this worthy cause.”

Contact Samia Baig at Samia.Baig11@gmail.com for any questions regarding the "Cleats For Kids" drive.