By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia School District is getting a big donation from the foundation of one of the city’s most prominent athletes.

Wearing his walking boot after his Achilles surgery, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard was at City Hall Thursday morning to announce that his foundation was donating $1.2 million in cleats and athletic clothing to 57 Philadelphia high schools and four middle schools.

Howard told a news conference packed with city and school officials that this donation should boost the confidence of the student athletes who lace-up their new cleats.

“There’s kind of this old saying that when you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, you play good. So I think when kids are able to go out feeling confident in their uniforms, it gives them more confidence within themselves.”

Acting Superintendent Lee Nunery welcomed the donation, at a time when the district is cutting even more spending from its budget.

The equipment matches the colors of each receiving school. It’s being delivered this month.

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