300-plus coaches to go barefoot
Updated: January 8, 2009, 9:26 AM ETAssociated Press
INDIANAPOLIS -- Last year, IUPUI's Ron Hunter was the only basketball coach to go barefoot on the sideline during an effort to collect shoes for needy children around the world.This year, hundreds of foot soldiers have joined the cause. Samaritan's Feet, the Charlotte, N.C.-based nonprofit organization that distributes the shoes, said more than 300 youth, high school and college coaches have pledged to coach one game barefoot and collect shoes around the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Butler's Brad Stevens, South Dakota State's Scott Nagy, University of Missouri-Kansas City's Matt Brown, Indiana State's Kevin McKenna and Detroit Mercy's Ray McCallum are among the Division I coaches who will go shoeless, the organization said.
When I left Peru, I knew that I had to continue to do this. ...The tears on the kids faces that I saw that we couldn't help were enough to say that I will do this for the rest of my lifetime.
--IUPUI coach Ron Hunter
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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