Williamsburg, Ky. – On Thursday, January 12th, 2012 the University of the Cumberlands (UC) will be hosting their inaugural Barefoot for Bare Feet event in association with Samaritan’s Feet during the Patriot basketball games against Mid-South Conference (MSC) foe Georgetown College. The #14 Patriot women’s basketball team will take on the #20 Lady Tigers at 6:00 pm with the #12 Patriots taking on the #6 Tigers at 8:00 pm.
During the women’s contest Head Coach Melissa Irvin and her staff will go bare foot throughout the game to help draw awareness to the problems facing Southeastern Kentucky’s children that have to go without shoes on a daily basis.
“I’m humbled to have the opportunity to host this event and help the children here in our community and other parts of Kentucky,” exclaimed Coach Irvin. “The more awareness that we can help give to this issue will hopefully help provide children with shoes that are unable to have them otherwise.”
UC in conjunction with Coach Irvin are encouraging everyone to come to the game bare foot to support the cause. Throughout the night, during both games, there will be contests for all those in attendance that include giveaways of Wal-Mart gift cards, a gift certificate to El Dorado’s of Corbin, a Nintendo Wii, and more. UC’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) will also be sponsoring the infamous “Dash for Cash” event. Baptist Regional Medical Center (BRMC) located in Corbin, Ky. has already donated over 200 pairs of gently used shoes in support of the cause.
Help us make a difference in Southeast Kentucky by attending and going barefoot, brining old shoes to the game to donate, bringing canned goods to donate to the local food pantry, donating your change to the cause, visiting the concession stand at the game where the proceeds will be donated to the cause, or contributing online. For more information visit http://www.ucumberlands.edu/ucsamaritansfeet/.
In support of UC, several local high schools are also joining the cause and will be sponsoring their own “Barefoot for Bare Feet” event including North and South Laurel High School in London, Ky., Corbin High School in Corbin, Ky., Williamsburg High School in Williamsburg, Ky., and Southwestern High School in Somerset, Ky.
The “Barefoot for Bare Feet” movement involves coaches, governors, business leaders, teachers, pastors and many more using their platforms by performing their jobs barefoot to provide a voice for the 300,000,000 million children who wake every day in their bare feet. Through this effort Samaritan’s Feet has provided more than 2,000,000 pairs of new shoes and nearly $2 million dollars to those in need.