BANNER ELK, N.C. --- When Lees-McRae College hosts Erskine College on Thursday, February 10, 2011, coaches Scott Polsgrove (South Bend, Ind.) and Sebastian Wild (Rostock, Germany) will coach in their bare feet to raise awareness for Samaritan's Feet, a not-for-profit organization that is aimed at serving the impoverished by providing them with shoes.
The Barefoot Coaching movement was started in 2007, when IUPUI head coach Ron Hunter made the decision to coach shoeless to raise awareness about the plight of children in third-world countries who suffer from foot-borne disease due to their lack of shoes. Coaches Polsgrove and Wild will join Hunter and thousands of other coaches as they seek to raise awareness.
During the contest, fans will be given the opportunity to join in the fight with the coaches and Samaritan's Feet by texting SHOES to a number that will be provided. The text that is sent will provide a one-time, $10 charge to the sender's cell phone bill. That $10 allows Samaritan's Feet to buy and ship a pair of shoes anywhere around the world.
There will also be a number of announcements during the evening aimed at providing information about Samaritan's Feet and their mission.
At halftime of the men's contest, Lees-McRae College will honor the 2010 Cyclocross national championship team as a part of the evening's festivities. The women's contest is slated to start at 5:30 pm in Williams Gymnasium with the men's contest to follow.
For more information on Samaritan's Feet, visit www.samaritansfeet.org.