College Coaches Go Shoeless for Good Cause

Marcas GrantContributor IDecember 29, 2010

ALTACH, AUSTRIA - JULY 17: A member of the ground staff walks barefoot past the cornerflag inside the stadium prior to the pre-season friendly match between Al-Hilal and Liverpool FC at the Cashpoint-Arena on July 17, 2010 in Altach, Austria..The match was cancelled due to heavy rain. (Photo by Thomas Kienzle/Getty Images)
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With all of the recent apparel-related issues swirling around college sports, it's great to see one that aims to do more help than harm.

IUPUI (that's Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for all of you wondering...I know who you are) head basketball coach Ron Turner made headlines a couple of seasons ago for coaching a game barefoot. The idea was to help Samaritan's Feet, a North Carolina-based non-profit organization, achieve their goal of providing 10 million pairs of shoes to impoverished people worldwide within 10 years. Below is the AP report from Hunter's inaugural effort in 2008.

A couple of years later the idea has picked up steam. University of San Francisco coach Rex Walters joined Hunter as sole-mates when the Dons played the Jaguars two days before Christmas. In addition, the Samaritan's Feet website lists 25 events involving high school and college coaches taking place between January 4th and February 15th. Hunter, once again, is holding his own event on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend and continues to urge all college coaches to get involved.