Being a part of Samaritan's Feet gives me the opportunity to serve others. I decided to help Samaritan's Feet and their “Barefoot for Bare Feet” movement three years ago, because my wife Jamie and I saw the need when we went to Haiti to adopt our daughter. We know first-hand what her and her family experienced while she lived there, and we believe that no one should live like that. That's why I joined thousands of other coaches to use my platform by coaching a game in my bare feet to provide a voice for the 300 million children around the world without a single pair of shoes.
I traveled to Zimbabwe this summer with Samaritan's Feet to distribute shoes to impoverished children, and it solidified my commitment to this cause. The shoes not only play a critical in the children's comfort and protect their feet from diseases, but the shoes also represent hope more than anything else.
For the past three years, I coached several games in my bare feet to raise money and awareness for Samaritan's Feet, so they would be able to provide more and more children with shoes. We raised as mush as $6,000 in past years, but in 2011-12, we set an ambitious goal at South Dakota State to raise $10,000. Please join me, and other coaches in South Dakota, to help us reach our goal.
Samaritan's Feet models servant leadership by washing the feet and providing a new pair of shoes and socks to impoverished children worldwide. Coaches at all levels of basketball across the nation coach games in their bare feet to influence university and high school students and faculty to get involved to help make a difference.
In addition to the coaches, Governors and business leaders from several states chose to work for a day in their bare feet to help bring awareness to this cause. Since 2007, through this effort, Samaritan’s Feet raised more than two million pairs of new shoes and nearly $2 million.
Founded in 2003 with a goal to put a pair of shoes on 10 million children’s feet around the world in 10 years, Samaritan’s Feet serves the impoverished in over 62 countries around the world. To date, they have placed new shoes and new socks on the feet of more than 3.5 million children.
Become a part of the barefoot movement. As more of us stand ‘barefoot’ together, the impact can continue to grow and give more children hope.
Can you provide a voice for the 300 million barefoot children around the world?