Cambridge, Mass.— The Lesley Athletics Sports Information Office launched its first episode of "The Alumni Tea," an informal check in with distinguished former student-athletes to see what they're up to in their careers and everyday life, post-graduation. "The Alumni Tea" is set to be released monthly, highlighting notable alumni and how they used their experiences as a Lesley student-athlete to help shape the working professional they are today.
The first episode featured two recent women's soccer alumna, Hope Seasholes 20' and Kendall Eagan 19'. The pair teamed up to start a shoe company called Shoes 4 Hopes with their slogan being "shoes with a purpose." The joint venture became a reality in the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seasholes, who received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Lesley University this past spring, is the creative director and hand paints custom shoes for customers. Whether the customer sends her a unique design or she gets to develop her own mockups, the on average 10 hour labor of intricate detail and colors schemes is not just serving the customer, but two charities receive a portion of the proceeds from each shoe.
10% of every sale is donated to the customer's choice, while 1% of the proceeds go to Together Rising, the charity that inspires both Seasholes and Eagan. Eagan, the CEO of Shoes 4 Hopes is utilizing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Marketing from Lesley University, and is also planning on beginning her master's degree in entrepreneurship to support the financial sustainability and growth for their young company.
Glennon Doyle, famous American author known for her #1 New York Times bestsellers Untamed and Love Warrior, even gave them a shout out on their Shoes 4 Hopes Instagram account after the release of the custom Untamed Shoe.
Tune in below, for the full segment with Hope Seashopes and Kendall Eagan as they share the inspiration behind Shoes 4 Hopes, show off a few pairs of their favorite shoes, and leave some great advice for current student-athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on Shoes 4 Hopes, visit their Instagram page @Shoes4Hopes or visit their website here.