Men's Basketball to Support Samaritan's Feet in Game Versus Northwood
February 12, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Fans in attendance for the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball game on Monday, February 14th versus cross-town rival Northwood University will have the opportunity to be a part of a special event. Partnering with the Samaritan’s Feet organization which works tirelessly to collect new shoes for underprivileged children, will be on hand to collect new shoes to be sent to Haiti. In addition, head coach Terry Primm will support the cause by coaching bare foot for the game.
Started by Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme, a Nigerian boy who came to the United States as a young man to pursue his education and play collegiate basketball, the Samaritan’s Feet organization strives to collect new tennis shoes to send to countries around the world to help aid those less fortunate and bless them with a pair of shoes.
Many well established collegiate basketball coaches have been involved with the cause of raising awareness, funds, and collecting new shoes from venues across the nation. Ron Hunter of IUPUI was the first prominent coach to support the cause by wearing no shoes while coaching his team on the floor. This symbolic act drew attention from media outlets and organizations across the country applauding his efforts.
Now into 2011, Samaritan’s Feet has grown to the point of attempting to collect 10 million shoes as its new reachable goal.
Palm Beach Atlantic University and men’s basketball head coach Terry Primm hopes to support this effort on February 14th beginning at 7 pm.
Fans are encouraged to bring a pair of new shoes that will be collected at the Rubin Arena and then sent to Haiti to support the needs of the children there. Monetary donations will also be accepted either in person or anyone can make a donation by texting “SHOES” to 85944. This will be a $10.00 donation that will appear as part of your regular phone bill.
Mailed donations can be sent to Samaritan’s Feet at:
P.O. Box 78992
Charlotte, N.C. 28271
For more information on how you can be involved with the “Barefoot for Bare Feet” Night at the Rubin Arena, please contact PBA Assistant Athletic Director, Michael Brown at: (561) 803-2529 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.