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Friday, January 25, 2008

Shoes For African Charity...Sports and Charity Do Good!(VIDEO)


There is always so many bad things that get reported about athletes and the things they do, but this an instance where Sports and Charity work together to do some good. IUPUI Head Basketball coach Ron Hunter met with Samaritan's Feet founder Emmanuel "Manny" Ohonme and decided to do something to collect 30,000 pairs of shoes for children in Africa. So far, they have raised 110,000 pairs of shoes! On Thursday Hunter coached in bare feet as they took on Oakland University to highlight his cause. IUPUI announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had donated 10,000 pairs, with the possibility of more to come. Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity, donated 40,000 pairs. Wal-Mart gave 25,000; Nine West, a women's shoe company, offered another 5,200. Converse donated 15,000 during Hunter's appearance on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike in the Morning" on Thursday. "When we started this I thought 40,000 was going to be tough," Hunter told the Indianapolis Star. "When they told me before the game we already had 100,000, honestly, I almost broke down in tears." Samaritan's Feet is based in Charlotte, N.C. and was started by Ohonme 4 yeas agon with the goal of giving 10 million shoes to African children within 10 years.

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