Football to host Anderson for Samaritan's Feet
Oct. 23, 2013
BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University football team is adding an element of service to their game on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Bluffton will host a Barefoot Game to support Samaritan's Feet and their mission to provide 10 million pair of shoes to people in 10 years.
During a Barefoot Game, Samaritan's Feet is highlighted in various ways. Often coaches elect to go through the game without wearing shoes in order to garner attention towards the 300 million people that go without shoes every day. Bluffton University will show support by selling wristbands with all of the proceeds used to purchase shoes for Samaritan's Feet.
Each Heartland Conference school has scheduled a game during their season to raise awareness and funds with the goal of the HCAC All-Conference team participating in an end-of-season shoe distribution. The HCAC programs participating will include, College of Mount St. Joseph, Manchester University, Anderson University, Hanover College, Franklin College, Earlham College, Defiance College, Bluffton University and Rose-Hulman, who will show support by selling wristbands, new shoe collections, virtual shoe drives and other on campus awareness events.
At the November 2 contest with Anderson University, fans can get involved by purchasing a wristband for $10 or donating a pair of shoes. Bluffton will have a container for shoe donations under the stadium seats in the concession area. If you would like to purchase a wristband prior to game day, see one of the Bluffton football players or coaches. Once the 100 wristbands are sold, you may still donate to Samaritan's Feet on game day in the concession area.
"The Samaritan's Feet project is a great way for us to make a difference for many people," stated Coach Veidt. "We have an opportunity to change the world through servant leadership. It is tough for all of us to imagine that more than 300 million in our world go without shoes every day. Knowing this project can decrease that number is extremely motivating."
Samaritans Feet is a non-profit organization founded by Emmanuel Ohonme in 2003. Their mission is to equip ten million impoverished children with ten million shoes in ten years. Since beginning in 2003, Samaritan's Feet has helped 4 million people in 60 countries. They also have partnerships with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee).