Local man helping youth get involved in sports

Bakersfield man donates cleats to kids in need
Posted at 7:26 AM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-26 10:27:05-04

According to new data from ADT, the crime rate in Bakersfield is generally higher than the national average – sometimes 1.5x higher than the rest of the country.

One local man, Kenny Calvin, is hoping to change that by motivating Kern County youth to get involved in sports, which can get expensive. So, he’s taking it one step further with his initiative, “Kids in Cleats.”

“Just trying to do what we can to address the need, wherever it is,” Calvin said. “We’ve sent cleats as far as New Jersey.”

Calvin is collecting new and gently worn cleats to donate to kids who might not otherwise be able to afford them.

His goal is to get youth focused on sports, and away from negativity.

“To be able to do that for a kid, to watch them run off and take part in a sport that’s going to keep them off the streets and out of a negative environment, and use the game to change his life, makes it all worthwhile,” Calvin said.

Through sponsors, donations, and reaching into his own pocket, Calvin says he’s already given away more than 300 pairs – and he has no plans of stopping.

“I gotta remind the wife, if all our bills our paid, our fridge and cars are full, let’s go get cleats and help kids transition into the life that they love,” he said.

As a retired player and coach, Calvin says he knows through first-hand experience, getting involved in sports can change a child’s life for the better.

“I get goosebumps just thinking about it,” Calvin said.

If you would like to help in this campaign, you can email Calvin directly at

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