Basketball Coaches To Go Barefoot for Bare Feet

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BigSouthSports.com) - Beginning this weekend and continuing through March 1, various Big South Conference men's and women's basketball coaches will be going Barefoot for Bare Feet as part of the Big South's involvement with Samaritan's FeetThe Conference's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) adopted Samaritan's Feet as its Community Service Challenge for the 2009-10 season with a Conference-wide goal of collecting 17,000 pairs of shoes.

Charleston Southern head coaches Barclay Radebaugh and Julie Goodenough, and their respective staffs, will coach barefoot on Saturday, Jan. 23.  The Lady Buccaneers host Liberty at 5:00pm, with the men's game against Coastal Carolina following at 7:30pm.

Each Big South men's and women's basketball coach will go Barefoot For Bare Feet at least once during the season to help raise awareness and support the Conference's initiative with Samaritan's Feet.  In conjunction with these games, Big South member institution SAAC groups will collect new shoes (athletic shoes only), as well as monetary donations, as a $5 donation equals one pair of shoes.  Also, a school-specific texting program has been created that will generate $5 donations each time a school-specific "key word" is texted at an event to a provided number.

The Barefoot for Bare Feet schedule involving Big South head coaches appears below.  Additional coaches and games will be announced when they are determined.

Jan. 23
MBB - Barclay Radebaugh, Charleston Southern vs. Coastal Carolina 
WBB - Julie Goodenough, Charleston Southern vs. Liberty

Jan. 25
WBB - Ronny Fisher, Presbyterian College vs. Gardner-Webb

Jan. 30 
MBB - Eddie Biedenbach, UNC Asheville vs. Radford
MBB - Rick Scruggs, Gardner-Webb vs. High Point (TV: MASN)

Feb. 1 
WBB - Bud Childers, Winthrop vs. Charleston Southern (TV: SportSouth)  *

Feb. 2 
MBB - Duggar Buacom, VMI vs. Radford

Feb. 6 
MBB - Cliff Ellis, Coastal Carolina vs. UNC Asheville

Feb. 8 
WBB - Alan LeForce, Coastal Carolina vs. UNC Asheville  *

Feb. 13 
MBB - Randy Peele, Winthrop vs. Presbyterian College (TV: SportSouth)
MBB - Scott Cherry, High Point vs. Charleston Southern (TV: MASN)

Feb. 16 
MBB - Gregg Nibert, Presbyterian College vs. UNC Asheville
MBB - Dale Layer, Liberty Radford (TV: Flames Sports Network)

Feb. 20 
WBB - Carey Green, Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina (TV: WMBF News XTRA, Flames Sports Network)
WBB - Tajama Abraham Ngongba, Radford vs. Charleston Southern
WBB - Tooey Loy, High Point vs. UNC Asheville

Feb. 22 
WBB - Rick Reeves, Gardner-Webb vs. Winthrop

March 1 
WBB - Betsy Blose, UNC Asheville vs. Radford  *

* - visiting team head coach will also go Barefoot for Bare Feet

ABOUT SAMARITAN'S FEET (www.samaritansfeet.org)
Samaritan's Feet is a humanitarian relief organization that puts shoes on kids feet all around the world.  Our team of ambassadors demonstrate servant leadership by washing the feet of all the people receiving the shoes and share with each recipient a message of hope.  There are over 300 million children who wake up every morning without shoes.  They suffer from diseases, infection and many other ailments because they don't have shoes to wear.  Needless to say, they can't play sports without shoes.  Our founder, Emmanuel (Manny) Ohonme is originally from Nigeria and grew up very poor.  He received his first pair of shoes at the age of 9 from a missionary, who also taught him how to play basketball.  These shoes allowed him to run and play without getting hurt and helped him get better at sports, specifically basketball.  He started playing travel basketball during his childhood and eventually played high school basketball in Nigeria.  God blessed him with the ability to play basketball at a high level and eventually earned a scholarship to play at the University of North Dakota - Lake Region.  While in school, Manny earned his bachelors and masters degrees.  He had a chance to play basketball overseas, but he turned it down to concentrate on his education.   After graduation, he spent ten years in the logistics business.

Six years ago, he left a lucrative marketing and supply chain job to start Samaritan's Feet, a 501 c3 organization whose goal is to put 10 million pairs of shoes on children's feet in 10 years around the world.  Samaritan's Feet was formed in 2003 and over six years later over 2.5 million pairs of shoes have been donated.  Our focus is on children from USA, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Our past domestic projects have taken us to Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Fort Wayne, Biloxi, MS, Long Beach, MS; South Dakota, Jolo and Bradshaw, WV, St. Louis, MO, Charlotte, NC, Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland.  In addition, we have visited 46 other countries including, Tsunami- Sri Lanka; Romania, Ukraine, Haiti, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ecuador, South Africa, Jamaica, Guyana, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Malawi, Gambia, and Burundi.