It’s been six and a half years since five New Oxford soccer players were killed in a crash.
In the years since, the mother of one of those players has found a way to give back in her daughter’s memory, creating Casey’s Cleats to help those in need.
“We have something to fit pretty much everybody,” said Margaret Sheridan, of Hanover.
Their shed is stocked with shoes: new, used, donated and traded in. It’s the home for Casey’s Cleats.
“I know she would want me to help other kids because she liked to help children,” Sheridan said of her daughter, who was 16 when she was killed in a car accident along with four other students.
Ever since then, Sheridan has been taking in, cleaning up, and giving soccer gear to those who may otherwise not be able to afford it.
“Anybody that needs cleats, shin guards, socks, whatever a child needs to play soccer,” she said. “We want to make it possible for them to be able to play.”
The shed sits right on the sideline — shoes are sorted, as players and parents line up.
Some are there to give, while others are there to trade up.
“They can just keep trading up everytime they outgrow [a pair], we just trade them.”
“We’ve all benefited from it, absolutely,” said Amy Redding, of Hanover. “As a mom, not having to go out and buy very expensive new cleats for something that they might grow out of in three months.”
“We go through at least two pairs a season, so it helps to be able to exchange some cleats instead of buying four pairs a year,” said Abbottstown mom, Laurie Lincoln.
For Sheridan, it’s never been about the money.
“We’ll never turn a kid away, whatever they need – we’ll get them,” Sheridan said with a smile.
Rather, it’s about fueling a passion for the sport her daughter loved so much.
“It warms my heart to see a little kid run here, with a new pair of cleats…and a smile on their face.”
You can find more information about Casey’s Cleats on their Facebook page, including how to get ahold of Sheridan.
New or gently used cleats (along with other soccer gear!) can be dropped off any time to their collection bin – it’s located at the Hanover Soccer Club’s Utz Fields, at 101 Kindig Lane in Hanover.