Our theme this year is, “prACTice Like A Champion.” We realize that in order to be true champions, we have to commit to acting like a champion in all aspects of our lives. It transcends practices and games and cuts to the core of everything we do on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. This year, we are partnering with Samaritan's Feet and the "Barefoot For Bare Feet" movement so that we can be champions outside of our community and help touch the lives of hundreds of people across the world who are less fortunate than ourselves.
Our goal at Memorial is to raise $2,000, which will distribute 200 pairs of shoes and socks to impoverished children around the world. I am hoping that this example will lead our players to live a life of service. It's important that they embrace character, commitment and class and live that out while they are at Memorial and once they leave. Join us on November 29th and help us WIN and show what a champion you are as well.
--Jyusef Larry, Dave Lay
The “Barefoot for Bare Feet” movement involves coaches, governors, business leaders, teachers, pastors and many more using their platforms by performing their jobs barefoot to provide a voice for the 300,000,000 million children who wake every day in their bare feet. From across the nation, college, high school, and community coaches are coaching games in their bare feet and influencing university and high school students and faculty to get involved to help make a difference. Governors from several states and business leaders have gone barefoot to work to help bring awareness to this cause. Through this effort Samaritan’s Feet has raised more than 2,000,000 pairs of new shoes and nearly $2 million dollars.
It’s hard to imagine that our Barefoot Coaching Program has reached its 5th anniversary. It started with one coach, former IUPUI (Indiana University, Purdue University-Indianapolis) Head Basketball Coach and current Georgia State Head Basketball Coach, Ron Hunter, who said yes to something that has changed the lives of children around the world … including his own. Thousands of coaches have said yes to raise awareness for Samaritan’s Feet and the 300 million children around the world who are forced to go barefoot because they don’t own a pair of shoes.
Our goal this year is to raise 1 million dollars, which will provide 100,000 children with a new pair of shoes and socks. With your help, we will reach our goal. We are looking for 1,000 coaches to help us raise $1,000 each.
Samaritan’s Feet is partners with the NCAA, NFHS, NABC, NACDA, NIAAA, WBCA and many other organizations to help us reach our goal. Through these partnerships, thousands of coaches across the country have said YES to the Barefoot Coaching Movement and have changed the lives of children forever … including their own. During the 2011-2012, Coach Hunter is again asking his coaching peers in all sports to leave their shoes behind for a game to continue to raise awareness and shoes for Samaritan’s Feet. Just one game coached in your bare feet can change the life of a child forever.
Samaritan’s Feet was started 8 years ago,with a goal to put 10 million pairs of shoes on children’s feet in 10 years around the world. Samaritan’s Feet serves the impoverished in over 62 countries around the world and has placed new shoes on the feet of more than 3.5 million children, but we still have a long way to go to reach our goal.
Become a part of the barefoot movement for the 2011-2012 season. Contact Samaritan’s Feet Marketing Director, Todd Melloh at 317-417-3525 or firstname.lastname@example.org. As more coaches stand ‘barefoot’ together, the impact will continue to grow and more children will be given hope.
Will you provide a voice for the 300 million barefoot children around the world?