April 16, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has set a goal to raise $3,500, in turn providing 250 pairs of shoes for children in need by working with the non-profit organization Samaritan's Feet.
While Tulane's SAAC group has worked with Samaritan's Feet, they are taking it to an extra level this year when they host their own shoe distribution on May 1. On that day, the members of SAAC will donate 250 pairs of shoes to children who have never owned a new pair of shoes, or are wearing shoes too small for their feet, to children at Martin Behrmann Charter School.
SAAC President Brian Lozes, a member of Tulane's track and field team, was introduced to the organization at a national SAAC meeting. He decided that Tulane student-athletes should become a part of helping Samaritan's Feet meet their mission.
"Samaritan's Feet partnered with SAAC at the national level two years ago, and every Division I school has specific charities that they give to, but as a national SAAC member, I want to get Tulane involved as much as possible with this organization," said Lozes. "We have been involved in two or three shoe distributions before, but we have never hosted our own."
Tulane's SAAC is raising funds in order to purchase 250 pairs of shoes to provide to children at Martin Behrmann Charter School on May 1. During the March 26 Tulane baseball game against LSU, SAAC raised over $500 at the gate from donations that will be used towards purchasing the shoes that will be distributed.
Samaritan's Feet is a non-profit organization that has a goal of giving 10 million pairs of shoes to 10 million children over the next 10 years. According to their web site, over 300 million people go without shoes each day, causing foot-borne illnesses. The seed for Samaritan's Feet was planted 28 years ago when Manny Ohonme was a nine-year-old boy in Lagos, Nigeria. A "Good Samaritan" gave him his first pair of shoes, and he developed a love for basketball that allowed him to earn a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at the University of North Dakota. After working in the technology industry, Ohonme decided to found Samaritan's Feet.
For anyone interested in donating to the Tulane SAAC in order to help them reach their goal of $3,500 for their shoe distribution, please click here.