Walk a Mile in His Shoes

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Jemele Hill is sitting in for Jim Rome today. Thanks Jemele for bringing us this story!

To honor of the 40th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., Head Coach Ron Hunter of Indiana IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis) will coach January 24th in bare feet. He’s trying to raise awareness of the needs of others, namely 40,000 children in Africa who must live without something as basic as shoes.

Think of running just one of your errands today without shoes and then think about how difficult living in that kind of poverty would make your daily life.

Go online at SamaratiansFeet.org – there, for $29.99, you can either get a pair of shoes and donate a pair of shoes or donate two pairs of shoes. The organization was founded by Emmanuel Ohonme. He grew up poor in Nigeria and did not have a pair of shoes until he was nine years old. Ohonme will be walking barefoot from Charlotte to Atlanta in October to continue to raise awareness for the cause.

One of Hunter’s own players grew up in Camaroon and came up to Hunter after his announcement with tears in his eyes saying half his family still live without something as simple as a pair of shoes.

This is a beautiful, solid way to honor the legacy of Dr. King and to do something to reach out and lift someone else up.

Thank you Coach Hunter.

Image credit: Essential Presence

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~ by jacqueline1230 on January 22, 2008.

2 Responses to “Walk a Mile in His Shoes”

  1. […] as a college basketball coach to raise awareness and offer direct help to those less fortunate. (See Walk a Mile in His Shoes.) To mark the 40th anniversary of Dr. King’s assasination, he sought to raise 40,000 pairs of […]

  2. […] Samaritan’s Feet is a charity I told you about (Walk a Mile in His Shoes) when Jemele Hill covered Coach Ron Hunter of Indiana IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis) decided to coach barefoot. To honor the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, Coach wanted to raise 40,000 pairs of shoes (or the dollars to buy them) for poor kids in Africa who don’t even have shoes. His awarness effort enabled Samaritan’s Feet to deliver over 100,000 pairs of shoes to kids in Africa. […]

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