Jan. 29, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 20-ranked Florida State women's basketball team is adding an element of service to its game on Sunday (Feb. 3) against Clemson. The Seminoles will host the Tigers at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center to support Samaritan's Feet and their mission to provide 10 million pairs of shoes to 10 million people in 10 years.
FSU head coach Sue Semrau and her staff will go barefoot for "bare feet" during the game.
"Giving back has always been an important part of this program," Semrau said. "It's about more than basketball, and it's important to educate student-athletes on the importance of helping others. We have been given so much and this is one small way that we can bring awareness to a worthy cause. We have partnered with Samaritan's Feet for a number of years. It's a tremendous opportunity to put shoes on the feet of children that don't have any. The Seminole family appreciates your support."
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.
All fans who donate a NEW pair of shoes will be admitted to the game for free and be in the running to win an autographed basketball. Fans can also donate money at Coach Semrau's Samaritan's Feet donation page HERE.
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).