Kansas City, Missouri 2021-10-12 05:00:27 –
Kansas City, Missouri — The Urban Ranger Corps has been working with more than 700 at-risk youths since 2005 to prepare for life after graduating from high school. They are also one of the beneficiaries of the KSHB41 Giftof Sole Initiative.
“This organization is all about helping young men become better men,” said Eric Dickinson, president of the organization.
He is a father and is a father.
“It’s like a proud dad’s moment to see our young man wanting to do great things,” he said.
He can see urban rangers like Dashaun Davis-Gatlin grow in real time.
“I have a very strong relationship with this place because I became a grown-up man and learned how to be very mature. It’s been the best place to come here for the last few years than to go out on the street. “Davis-Gatlin said.
Daquon Cheadle is another urban ranger. He is also a member of the National Honor Society.
“Honestly, I wouldn’t have done anything like this without them, so I acknowledge all the achievements in this program,” he said.
Rangers grow together, work together, and love shoe games together.
“Growing up, I didn’t really have a lot of nice shoes,” said Davis-Gatlin.
He added that a nice pair of sneakers is important.
“It shows that you are growing up and you are trying to take care of yourself,” he said.
Cheadle feels the same.
“For me, it shows that you are growing to care about your appearance, you care about your appearance,” he said.
It is a bond that connects generations.
“It doesn’t really matter to us. Think about social media and things … but shoes and sneakers are what we can do,” Dickinson said.
The Urban Ranger Corps provides their young members with an important launch pad. By connecting through shoes and through love for the community, their mission continues for the public good.
“It makes the city a better place for everyone, you know, a young man who is proud of their neighborhood,” Dickinson said.
They lift each other, and you too can do so with the gift of the soles of their feet.
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