HCAC Announces Shoe Drive Benefiting Samaritan’s Feet

GREENWOOD, IN – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference has announced a schedule of football contests that will benefit Samaritan's Feet and help provide shoes to impoverished children across the globe.  All nine HCAC football squads will host an event this season, beginning on Saturday, September 28, becoming the first conference in the NCAA to do a conference wide initiative for the organization.

Rod Huber, head coach for the College of Mount St. Joseph football team, sparked the idea among the conference coaches. The Mount will host a second annual Barefoot Game to support Samaritan's Feet and their mission to provide 10 million pair of shoes to 10 million people in 10 years.

After Coach Huber visited Africa on a mission trip last year, he was motivated to find a way to give back in a meaningful way by helping get shoes to children in need. This year, Huber reached out to his fellow head coaches in the HCAC Conference to garner their support in this effort.  

"I'm so thrilled that 100% of the HCAC football head coaches are committed to this initiative on behalf of the Samaritan's Feet mission," Huber said. "I was personally moved while participating in a shoe distribution and can't express how meaningful it was to sit with a child, wash their feet, talk with them and then watch them walk away with a smile and a new pair shoes and socks. I'm looking forward to our athletes sharing that s ame experience." 

Each HCAC school has scheduled a game during their season to raise awareness and funds. 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.

"I am very excited about this project and our future work with Samaritan Feet," stated HCAC Commissioner Christopher Ragsdale.  "In Division III we are committed to the development of our student-athlete's through a comprehensive educational approach; this approach includes our commitment to the development of future responsible leaders and citizens in our communities.  As such it is  incumbent upon us to provide whenever possible experiences that serve to increase the awareness of the need for strong positive leadership and the need to make a difference in today's world."

The HCAC plans to hold a shoe distribution in Indianapolis at the conclusion of the football season with members from each conference football team and coaching staff present.  More details will be released at a later date.

Samaritans Feet is 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).

 

 

 

HCAC Samaritan's Feet Shoe Drive Schedule

Sept. 28

Bluffton at Mount St. Joseph

1:30 PM

 

Rose-Hulman at Manchester

1:30 PM

 

 
 

Oct. 5

Mount St. Joseph at Anderson

7:00 PM

 

 
 

Oct. 12

Anderson at Hanover

1:30 PM

 

 
 

Oct. 19

Anderson at Franklin

1:30 PM

 

Manchester at Earlham

2:30 PM

 

 
 

Oct. 26

Hanover at Defiance

1:30 PM

 

 
 

Nov. 2

Anderson at Bluffton

1:30 PM

 

Mount St. Joseph at Rose-Hulman

1:30 PM