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Kids receive shoes from some of their favorite basketball players

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

CAMPTON, Ky. (WYMT) - Hundreds of eastern Kentucky kids were given new pairs of shoes by some of their favorite basketball players.

Campton Elementary School's gymnasium is a far cry from Rupp Arena...but members of the Kentucky men's basketball team were here washing kids' feet before outfitting them with new pairs of shoes.

“They hold us all in high regard and basically we're washing their feet. That's powerful. It's also powerful for our team to understand. It's the ultimate way to show someone respect,” UK Coach John Calipari said.

Coach Cal and his Cats teamed up with the group Samaritan's Feet to give these students an early Christmas present.

“It means a lot to me that people would be so generous like this and volunteer to give people new shoes. I really needed them. Those shoes of mine were worn out,” Dalton Slone said.

The Cats were not the only college basketball players getting in on the action.

“When you ask them if they'd ever had their feet washed before, they were like this is kind of weird. But they were all just amazed that someone was giving them a free pair of shoes,” Karlie Blackburn, University of the Cumberlands Basketball Player.

Kids that now have a story to tell for the rest of their lives and players with the satisfaction of knowing they made it happen.

Samaritan's Feet has given out more than five million shoes to children worldwide.


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