Sept. 25, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State women’s basketball team partnered with Samaritan’s Feet, Calvary Chapel, First Baptist Church and the Tallahassee Housing Authority to distribute shoes to nearly 300 area kids on Saturday at the Springfield Community Center.
All 12 Seminole women’s basketball players along with other volunteers from the partner organizations washed feet, measured sizes and passed out shoes throughout the afternoon.
Samaritan’s Feet is an organization started in 2003 with the goal of providing 10 million pairs of shoes to 10 million people in 10 years.
Courtney Cash, Samaritan’s Feet Director of International Operation was on hand to coordinate the event.
“It’s tremendous for Samaritan’s Feet to partner with FSU women’s basketball to deliver these hundreds of shoes to these kids with the help of the Tallahassee Housing Authority,” Cash said. “We definitely saw there was a need here and it’s wonderful to see the generosity of the women’s basketball team today.”
Florida State has had a relationship with Samaritan’s Feet for years. Sue Semrau, the head coach of the women’s basketball team, and her assistants coach a game barefoot each season to raise awareness for the organization. Last season, the Seminoles even set up a shoe distribution event during their trip to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam tournament in November.
“The community of Tallahassee has been so great to us,” Semrau said. “It’s important for us to give back in any way we can. This is a small way we can show our thanks and help others.”
For more information on how to get involved with Samaritan’s Feet go to samaritansfeet.org.