URI soccer's Taylor Ross gives back with non-profit Cleats Count

Cleats Count

KINGSTON -Taylor Ross is living her dream at the University of Rhode Island. The former Burrillville Bronco now has two years of division one women's soccer under her belt with the Rams and it's a dream she's ready to share.

"I just want little boys and girls across the country that are underprivileged to be able to feel the joy that I get," said Ross.

Enter Cleats Count, Ross' non-profit effort to collect used soccer cleats for kids in third-world countries. It was an idea that came out of her other entrepreneurial venture, Eleven, a clothing brand she started in high school.

"The motto was break the average, so if your opponent does 10 reps you do 11, if they run 10 sprints you run 11," said Ross. "Just to kind of go above and beyond."

So why take on an extra commitment like Cleats Count with an already crowded schedule?

"I can," said Ross. "We all can. Everybody, if they want to make a difference, they can. They just need to take that first step."

With Cleats Count, Ross has collected hundreds of cleats that she is bringing to Ethiopia this month. Ross decided to sign the name of each donator on the cleats they give.

"That way when they get delivered, the little boy or girl knows who it came from," said Ross. "I'm planning on taking pictures with every cleat that's handed out, that way that person can have a picture."

If you'd like to help Taylor's cause, you can visit her website https://www.gofundme.com/CleatsCount or contact her directly at nikeross09@yahoo.com.

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