Deer Park High School Again Hosting Samaritan’s Feet “Barefoot Game”
Proceeds to benefit Samaritan’s Feet, non-profit group that provides shoes for children worldwide
For the second year, the Deer Park Wildcats are adding an element of service to their basketball season. On Saturday, January 16 at 1:30 PM, the Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School girls varsity basketball team will host a Barefoot Game to support Samaritan’s Feet and their mission to provide 10 million pair of shoes to 10 million people in 10 years. The girls will play Reading High School.
During a Barefoot Game, Samaritan’s Feet is highlighted in various ways. Often coaches elect to go through the game without wearing shoes in order to garner attention towards the 300 million people that go without shoes every day. In addition to coaching barefoot, Deer Park High School is showing support all week by holding a dodgeball fundraiser tournament, selling orange [Samaritan’s Feet] wristbands, and having a spirit week and pep rally.
"It is a privilege to once again team up with Samaritan’s Feet and host the second ever “Barefoot Game” at the high school level in the State of Ohio. Our team is calling it Basketball with a Purpose! Each member of the team has reached out to a sponsor for ten dollars so they can wear an orange wristband during the game, which symbolizes two pairs of shoes given to children,” said Greg Tabar, Deer Park Varsity Women’s Head Coach.
As for coaching barefoot, Tabar says it was a "no brainer" because the women’s team is committed to raising awareness. Last year, Tabar introduced the Deer Park Community City School District to Samaritan’s Feet after he participated in a shoe distribution through the organization in downtown Cincinnati.
“To be able to sit and wash a child's feet, talk with them, and see them walk away with a new pair of shoes is indescribable. Our goal is simple, to eventually get the entire Cincinnati Hills League on board, and see every coach coaching barefoot in the near future," said Tabar.
At the game fans can get involved by purchasing orange wristbands from a member of the Deer Park team, wearing orange to the game, donating a pair of brand new shoes, or simply making a donation to the organization. The coaches and players are thrilled by the outpouring of support from the Deer Park community.
About Samaritan's Feet
A non-profit organization founded by Emmanuel Ohonme in 2003. Their mission is to equip ten million impoverished children with ten million shoes in ten years. Since beginning in 2003, Samaritan’s Feet has helped 4 million people in 60 countries. They also have partnerships with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee).
For more information, please visit http://www.samaritansfeet.org/.
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