NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College head coach Dave Davis is known for actively pacing up and down the sideline during a game as he coaches the Wolves. This Saturday, January 22, Davis will be working the sideline in his bare feet as part of the Barefoot Movement of Samaritan's Feet.
Davis, who is in his first season coaching at Newberry and in his 20th season as a collegiate head coach, will join basketball coaches around the nation in coaching a game “Barefoot for Bare Feet” this season.
The “Barefoot for Bare Feet” movement is coordinated by Samaritan's Feet, a humanitarian aid organization that shares a message of hope and love through washing the feet of impoverished children around the world and adorning them with new shoes. There are an estimated 300 million children who go without shoes every day and more than 1 million who die each year from foot borne diseases.
The goal of Samaritan's Feet is to provide 10 million pairs of shoes for 10 million impoverished children in the next 10 years, and since 2003 Samaritan's Feet and its team of 70,000 ambassadors have blessed nearly 3 million children in over 40 nations. For more information on Samaritan's Feet, please visit www.SamaritansFeet.org.
Coach Davis encourages Wolves fans to bring a new pair of athletic shoes to Saturday afternoon's South Atlantic Conference doubleheader against Catawba. Samaritan's Feet has found children's sizes 10 - 4 to be the most critical need. Fans who bring a new pair of shoes will receive free admission to Saturday's games.
Fans will also be able to make cash donations to Samaritan's Feet as they enter Eleazer Arena, or can donate via text message by sending “SHOES” to 85944. A donation of $10 will be added to your next phone bill, which will donate one pair of shoes to a child in need.
Davis joins the Barefoot Movement at the urging of William Knopf, who is the head boys' basketball coach at the Glenforest School in West Columbia and a 1994 graduate of Newberry College. Knopf was named the 2009-10 National Barefoot Coach of the Year, and will coach his 32nd consecutive Glenforest game in his bare feet at Newberry Academy tomorrow (Tuesday).