SOCKIT Soccer Training Devices Donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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The company behind the innovative Soccer Kicking Interactive Trainer, or SOCKIT, gives the children of St. Jude’s Hospital something to look forward to when they are finished with treatment.

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Every child benefits from the huge boost of confidence that comes with using the SOCKIT trainer. We are so please to be able to donate these devices to St. Jude families.

The manufacturer of the SOCKIT wearable soccer training device for children has donated 100 of its innovative kicking trainers to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to benefit families dealing with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

The SOCKIT is a durable, lightweight rubber band designed to teach children how to kick a soccer ball correctly. The device instantly lights up and flashes when the player’s foot is positioned properly with toes pointed down during a kick.

“Every child benefits from the huge boost of confidence and improved foot-eye coordination that comes with using the SOCKIT trainer,” said Joe Briganti, creator of the SOCKIT wearable soccer training device. “We are so pleased to be able to donate these devices to St. Jude families, so we can give them hope and something that will put a smile on their faces when they are out of treatment.”

Briganti, a father of two young daughters, was inspired to create the SOCKIT after searching sporting goods stores and online retailers for a training aid that could help his daughters improve their game. None of these devices lived up to their expectations of fun with real results, so Briganti decided to design a trainer of his own that could provide instant, interactive feedback on kicking performance.

Briganti also wanted to teach his young daughters, Natalia and Briana, how to help others and learn to “pay it forward.” In that spirit, Briganti has pledged to make a small donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for every SOCKIT trainer purchased.

The SOCKIT is a one-size-fits-all device for children ages 5 to 12 years old. It is made from industrial strength thermal plastic rubber that is able to withstand shock, impact and other extreme conditions. It has six LEDs powered with a replaceable lithium battery. The device lights up when the ball is struck with the top of the foot, near the shoelaces, as this is the kicking position that maximizes power and control of the ball.

About SOCKIT soccer trainers
The SOCKIT is a light-up kicking device designed to improve your soccer game so you can level up on form, power, and technique. It's simple: Kick the ball using correct soccer form and it lights up, giving you instant feedback. The SOCKIT, which is short for Soccer Kicking Interactive Trainer, is placed over the top and bottom of the cleat. It is available in four fun, bright colors. For more information about SOCKIT soccer trainers, visit http://thesockit.com.

About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

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