Bluffton to host Manchester for Samaritan's Feet
October 21, 2014
GREENWOOD, IN – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference has announced a schedule of football contests that will benefit Samaritan’s Feet and help provide shoes to impoverished children across the globe. All nine HCAC football squads will host an event for the second straight season, beginning on Saturday, September 20.
The Community Service Initiative for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Football Programs is Samaritan’s Feet. Each HCAC football program designates one home contest to be their Samaritan’s Feet Game. Bluffton’s contest is this Saturday, Oct. 25, when the Beavers host Manchester.
You can support Samaritan’s Feet by donating new shoes, socks, or by giving monetarily. You can give by dropping off your donation at the concession stand at Saturday’s football game with Manchester, or at Chris Gable’s desk in the Sommer Center. Samaritan’s Feet wristbands are also available for purchase for $10 at both locations.
Rod Huber, head coach for the Mount St. Joseph University football team, sparked the idea among the conference coaches last fall. The conference raised approximately $7,000 dollars and 75 new pairs of shoes during the 2013 season fundraising event. As a result of those efforts, every single child from kindergarten through eighth grade at Padua Academy in Indianapolis was supplied with a brand new pair of shoes, socks, and a sack pack donated by the Office Depot Foundation.
After Coach Huber visited Africa on a mission trip, he was motivated to find a way to give back in a meaningful way by helping get shoes to children in need. For the second straight year, Huber reached out to his fellow head coaches in the HCAC to garner their support in this effort.
“I cannot tell you how excited I am that the HCAC coaches and their teams have again committed to hosting a Samaritan’s Feet barefoot movement game,” Huber said. “The impact a new pair of shoes has on a young person who is shoeless cannot be measured. Last year, members of the All-HCAC team and coaches who participated in the shoe distribution in Indianapolis were truly humbled by the event. To see a child smile after receiving a new pair of socks and shoes from a college football player is priceless,” added Huber.
Each HCAC school has scheduled a game during the 2014 season to raise awareness and funds. 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.
“I am very excited about this project and our conferences continued work with Samaritan Feet,” stated HCAC Commissioner Christopher Ragsdale. “In Division III we are committed to the development of our student-athlete’s through a comprehensive educational approach; this approach includes our commitment to the development of future responsible leaders and citizens in our communities. As such it is incumbent upon us to provide whenever possible experiences that serve to increase the awareness of the need for strong positive leadership and the need to make a difference in today’s world.”
The HCAC plans to hold another shoe distribution in Indianapolis at the conclusion of the football season with members from the All-HCAC football team present. More details will be released at a later date.
Samaritan’s 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).
Thank you for your support of Samaritan’s Feet!
Courtesy of: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Sports Information
HCAC Samaritan’s Feet Shoe Drive Schedule
|Sept. 20||Mount St. Joseph at Defiance||1:30 PM|
|Sept. 27||Manchester at Mount St. Joseph||1:30 PM|
|Oct. 4||Franklin at Manchester||1:30 PM|
|Oct. 11||Bluffton at Rose-Hulman||1:30 PM|
|Oct. 25||Manchester at Bluffton||1:30 PM|
|Rose-Hulman at Franklin||1:30 PM|
|Defiance at Earlham||2:30 PM|
|Nov. 1||Earlham at Hanover||1:30 PM|
|Nov. 8||Bluffton at Anderson||1:30 PM|