by Stephanie Ralls

Staci smiles waiting to be fitted for her new pair of shoes.

Staci "Bulldog" White, a Special Olympics Michigan athlete from Area 11 (Kent and Barry Counties) loves to play basketball just as much as she loves getting new shoes. But unfortunately for Staci, finding shoes that are comfortable and fit her right are hard to find.

At age 41, Staci wears a children's size shoe. She is often found showing off her favorite pair of light-up Stride Rites with Disney's Olaf on them. Staci has been playing basketball for Special Olympics for 20 years. She currently plays for one of the few all-female teams. According to Staci "It's so cool having all girls and beating the boys team." Staci and her team, the Jaguars, competed at this years State Basketball Finals held at Calvin College in Grand Rapids.

While at the event Staci was able to get fitted for a pair of shoes that fit her thanks to the Fit Feet program, which was sponsored by Wolverine Worldwide. These shoes will help Staci continue to play the game she loves while helping keep her steps happy and healthy.

Staci will be upgrading from her current pair of shoes thanks to the Fit Feet program.

The Fit Feet program helps athletes like Staci by providing adequate shoes for their use. Currently 50 percent of Special Olympics Athletes suffer from some type of preventative foot condition that Fit Feet could help alleviate.