University of Jamestown Hosting First Samaritan’s Feet Shoe Drive

 

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – The University of Jamestown will be raising awareness and shoe donations during a doubleheader Friday, February 9th.

Head Women’s Basketball Coach Greg Ulland and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Danny Neville, along with their staff, will be coaching the games in their bare feet to help bring awareness to the need for shoes both in the U.S. and around the world.

Athletic Director Sean Johnson says they will be accepting new children’s athletic shoes for admittance into the game. Sizes needed include Toddler 10-13 and Children’s 1-4. Bins will be located inside the arena.

“The following day, University of Jamestown student athletes and community volunteers will serve approximately 150 pre-registered local children in grades K-5 by washing their feet and giving them a new pair of shoes and socks,” Johnson said.

This event is being funded by Unison Bank in Jamestown. The shoe distribution is being held from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at the Harold Newman Arena.

“Samaritan’s Feet is thrilled to partner with the University of Jamestown and Unison Bank for these first time events” said Denise Blomberg, Regional Director, Operations of Samaritan’s Feet. “Their combined efforts to encourage servant leadership within their coaches, student athletes, university and community as a whole is such a blessing not only for our organization but also to Jamestown and the surrounding area.” Since 2013, over 5,000 pairs of shoes have been distributed in North Dakota in 7 different cities with Jamestown becoming the 8th city.”

For those who would like donate shoes but cannot attend the game, shoes can be dropped at the following locations in Jamestown on Friday, February 9th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

– Unison Bank, 401 1st Ave South
– Salvation Army, 320 1st Ave North
– Harold Newman Arena, 1104 N. University Ave.

For more on Samaritans Feet, visit samaritansfeet.org.


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