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Covenant Health to sponsor Knoxville Area Urban League’s annual ‘Shoes for School’

August 1, 2018

Covenant Health has become the largest sponsor for the Knoxville Area Urban League’s 16th Annual “Shoes for School” program on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018.

An impactful program hosted by the Knoxville Area Urban League, “Shoes for School” provides free new shoes and school supplies to more than 1,200 students. Children and their families, area businesses, nonprofits, church groups and other volunteers interact at this festive event that offers games and community camaraderie.

In addition to its sponsorship, Covenant Health will provide a volunteer team of employees to staff a tent full of fun and goodies for the children.

“Covenant Health is proud to support the Urban League’s ‘Shoes for School’ program,” said Jim VanderSteeg, president and CEO of Covenant Health. “Making sure children have the basic needs to start the new school year is critical to both their well-being and their academic success.”

“Shoes for School” is a signature event for the Knoxville Area Urban League, and Phyllis Y. Nichols, president and CEO of the organization, welcomed the sponsorship commitment of Covenant Health.

“We are so pleased to announce that Covenant Health has joined us as our largest sponsor,” Nichols said. “They understand the difference that this makes to our area children and are helping us grow this joyful and important program.”

For more information about “Shoes for School” or to donate, visit

About Covenant Health
Covenant Health is a community-owned health system providing comprehensive health services throughout Tennessee. Headquartered in Knoxville, Covenant Health includes 10 hospitals as well as numerous outpatient services and clinics. The health system also includes specialty providers of behavioral, oncology, and rehabilitation services, along with home care, physician clinics, and community wellness and outreach programs. The area’s largest employer, Covenant Health has more than 10,000 employees, affiliated physicians and volunteers who serve more than a million patients annually. Covenant Health has received regional and national recognition for quality and patient satisfaction and has been named by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers for two years in a row. For more information visit

About the Knoxville Area Urban League
Since 1968, the Knoxville Area Urban League has assisted disadvantaged people attain social and economic stability and self-sufficiency through direct services and advocacy. The League works to provide a skilled and diverse workforce; to increase homeownership; to support economic and small business development, and to enhance education efforts for our youth. The Knoxville Area Urban League is a United Way partner agency and affiliate of the National Urban League. The League’s work and results are evident in the lives of the over 10,000 people it impacts each year. For more information, call 865-524-5511 or visit