(Sean Johnson, UJ Athletic Director) - The University of Jamestown
men’s and women’s basketball teams are hosting their first
Samaritan’s Feet barefoot basketball games and a shoe drive on
Friday, February 9, 2018 when the Jimmies host Bellevue University in
a doubleheader at Harold Newman Arena.
women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men’s game at
7:30 p.m. Fans who donate new children’s athletic shoes will be
admitted to the game for free, one free admittance per pair of shoes.
Those willing to donate shoes are encouraged to donate new
athletic shoes in sizes Toddler 10-13 or Children’s 1-4.
Collection bins will be located inside the arena.
Head Women’s Basketball Coach Greg Ulland and Head Men’s
Basketball Coach Danny Neville, along with their staff, will coach
their games in their bare feet to help bring awareness to the need
for shoes both here in the U.S. and around the world.
following day, University of Jamestown student athletes and community
volunteers will serve approximately 150 pre-registered local children
in grades K-5 by washing their feet and giving them a new pair of
shoes and socks. This event is being funded by Unison Bank in
Jamestown. The shoe distribution is being held from 10 a.m. – 12
noon at the Harold Newman Arena.
For those who would like
donate shoes but cannot attend the game, shoes can be dropped at the
following locations in Jamestown on Friday, February 9th
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Unison Bank, 401 1st Ave
South, Salvation Army, 320 1st Ave North
and Harold Newman Arena, 1104 N. University Ave.
Feet is thrilled to partner with the University of Jamestown and
Unison Bank for these first time events” said Denise Blomberg,
Regional Director, Operations of Samaritan’s Feet. “Their
combined efforts to encourage servant leadership within their
coaches, student athletes, university and community as a whole is
such a blessing not only for our organization but also to Jamestown
and the surrounding area.” Since 2013, over 5,000 pairs of shoes
have been distributed in North Dakota in 7 different cities with
Jamestown becoming the 8th city.