January 20, 2012 - by
Barefoot for Bare Feet

Jan. 20, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Fans are encouraged to donate a new pair of shoes for underprivileged youth at this Sunday’s Florida State women’s basketball game against Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

Donation boxes will be located around the concourse at the arena. As a thank you, all fans who bring a pair of new shoes on Sunday will be entered to win a signed basketball by head coach Sue Semrau. Sign-ups will be located at the marketing table.

In conjunction with Samaritan’s Feet, FSU women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau and her coaching staff will coach “Barefoot for Bare Feet” in an effort to call attention to the 300 million children in the world who are at risk of disease, infection and death due to not owning a single pair of shoes.

“We try to emphasize within our program the importance of giving back,” Semrau said. “This is a small way we can help others and bring awareness to this cause. I’ve been able to go to Africa and go to different places and be a part of the shoe distributions with Samaritan’s Feet. When you see the opportunity to, not only put shoes on the feet of kids that don’t have them, but the opportunity to share hope and help others, it can be very rewarding. It’s been a tremendous honor to work with Samaritan’s Feet.”

Those who want to help provide shoes to children in need can text 85844 with the keyword “SHOES” to give a one-time $10 gift that will be donated to Samaritan’s Feet through their cell phone bill or go online to samritansfeet.org

Florida State plans to donate as many of the shoes brought to the arena as they can back to the Tallahassee area.

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.

This is the fourth straight year Semrau and her staff have coached a game barefoot. FSU is 3-0 in those games.

The Seminoles have also set up a number of shoe distribution events in Tallahassee in the last few years, and also during trips to South Africa and the Bahamas.

For more information on Florida State women’s basketball, follow the Seminoles on Twitter at: @FSU_WBasketball.


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