The Delroy Chance Angel Wings Foundation believes that a pair of cleats can change a child’s entire life.
TOLEDO, Ohio – All it takes is one. That is the motto of the Delroy Chance Angel Wings Foundation.
Named after 25-year-old Delroy Chance, a youth soccer coach who suddenly passed away in 2018, the foundation’s mission is to provide sports equipment, meals, exercise, and more to the youth of northwest Ohio.
On Saturday, the foundation gave away more than 700 pairs of studs, shirts and bags at the New Life Center on Bancroft St. in Toledo.
The foundation was started by Delroy Chance’s parents, who say they pick up where the young coach left off.
“He was a football coach, mentor to young children, he loved them. So we took over the baton as his parents and we want to continue his mission,” said Caroline Lewis, Delroy’s mother and founder of the organization.
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What better way than to give away hundreds of soccer shoes.
“Even if we’re trying to save the lives of a child or two and help them with exercise or whatever we can do to help the community. We want to do that, ”said Lewis.
For three years now, Delroy Chance’s family has seen a glow every time a child tries on a brand new pair of shoes.
For them, it is a sign from their son that they are doing the right thing.
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“Our son was always smiling and he was a big guy. I know why he was smiling all the time – because he was helping. If you keep helping, you will see the community’s plight, ”said Delroy’s father, Steven Lewis Sr.
The family hopes this generosity will be passed down to the end zone.
“It never begins and never ends based on the fact that we are trying to empower the youth in a positive situation in order to foster a positive attitude in every youth of Toledo, Ohio,” said Steven Lewis Jr., Delroy’s brother.
The organization also holds an annual coat campaign in winter. If you want to help, you can find more information about the foundation here.