NEWBERRY, S.C. - For the second consecutive season, Newberry College head men's basketball coach Dave Davis will be coaching a game in his bare feet to help raise awareness for Samaritan's Feet.
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 Wednesday night's South Atlantic Conference doubleheader against Brevard. 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 Wednesday's games.
Fans will also be able to make cash donations to Samaritan's Feet as they enter Eleazer Arena.
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.