Feb. 7, 2011
|Coach Terry Primm and the 2010-11 Sailfish men's basketball team|
The final home game on Feb. 14 of the Palm Beach Atlantic University men's basketball season promises to be a sole-raising event as Head Coach Terry Primm goes "barefoot for bare feet" during the game in support of Samaritan's Feet, an organization dedicated to providing shoes to impoverished children worldwide.
The Feb. 14 game versus Northwood University is set for 7 p.m. in PBA's Rubin Arena in the Greene Complex for Sports and Recreation. Fans are encouraged to bring a new pair of children's shoes to donate. All shoes collected that evening will be sent to Haiti for children in need.
Admission is free to anyone who donates a pair of shoes. Fans also may make a financial contribution to Samaritan's Feet at the game. Regular tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for non-PBA students. Children under 12 are free.
Samaritan's Feet was founded by Emmanuel "Manny" Ohonme, a Nigerian who came to the United States as a young man to pursue his education and play collegiate basketball. The vision of the organization is to put "10 million pairs of shoes on the feet of 10 million orphans and impoverished children in this country and around the world."
Many collegiate basketball coaches have joined the efforts of Samaritan's Feet over the years. Ron Hunter of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis was the first prominent coach to support the cause by not wearing shoes while coaching his team on the floor. This symbolic act drew attention and plaudits from media outlets and organizations across the country.
For more information on PBA's "Barefoot for Bare Feet" night at the Rubin Arena, contact PBA Assistant Athletic Director Michael Brown at 561.803.2529 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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