Before the Park Tudor basketball game on February 1st, the Student Athletic Leadership Team will be sponsoring a 3v3 Basketball Tournament benefitting Samaritan’s Feet. The tournament will begin at 3:45pm and run until the Varsity game begins at 7pm.
Samaritan’s Feet is an organization devoted to providing shoes for underprivileged children around the world. They have a significant presence throughout the media, and many will recognize the organization from their work with the NFL, NCAA, and NBA. The organization’s website describes their founding as follows:
“The vision for Samaritan’s Feet was conceived over 28 years ago on one hot summer afternoon at a camp in Lagos, Nigeria when a stranger from Wisconsin befriended a young African boy. The young boy, like so many other children in Africa and around the world, had never known the comfort and security of owning a pair of tennis shoes. This “Good Samaritan” gave a life-changing gift and a message of hope to that 9-year old boy. He gave him his first pair of shoes. With that new pair of shoes for inspiration, Emmanuel Ohonme went on to compete in sports activities in Africa. Specifically, he developed a love as well as superior talent for competitive basketball.
His skill and confidence continued to flourish; his hard work and determination to succeed finally paid off. He was offered the chance to attend an institution of higher learning in America under a full basketball scholarship! He met his wife, Tracie, while attending the University of North Dakota (Lake Region) and he later earned an executive position in a leading technology company. In spite of his successes in America, Manny never forgot the other little boys and girls in Africa who were still living under the strain of poverty, drug abuse, war, gangs and other criminal activity. Determined to help impoverished people in Africa, Manny left the comfort and security of his executive position to birth the vision of Samaritan’s Feet.
Manny is happily married to Tracie, his wife of seventeen years. They now reside in Charlotte, North Carolina with their four children Nike, Dele, Yemi, and Wale. Together, they are working to make the vision of Samaritan’s Feet to put 10 million pairs of shoes on the feet of 10 million orphans and impoverished children in this country and around the world a reality. Through Samaritan’s Feet, Manny has the opportunity to continue the legacy of love and hope he received when he was given his first pair of shoes and make a difference in the lives of millions.”
Something unique that Samaritan’s Feet does is take the athletes from a donating school to the actual shoe drop. There, the students wash the feet of a child, then give that child their new pair of shoes. Brebeuf Athletes would not have to journey far for this memorable and emotional experience, as Samaritan’s Feet services many schools in the IPS school district.
The Student Athletic Leadership Team encourages all students, faculty and staff to consider making a team for the tournament. The cost is $5 per person. We would also like to encourage each participant to bring one NEW pair of children’s shoes to the tournament. If you would prefer to donate money, Samaritan’s Feet advises that the cost of buying, storing, and delivering one new pair of shoes to a child costs exactly $15.24. But of course any amount will be accepted. Our goal is to put shoes on the feet of 200 students.