University of Jamestown Holding First Samaritan's Feet Shoe Drive
Posted by KSJB News on 2/7/2018 6:35:00 AM.


JAMESTOWN (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.

 The 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.

 Jimmies 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.

 The 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.

Samaritan’s 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. 

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