Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:39 PM
Updated: Dec 18, 2012 6:17 PM
UK basketball coach John Calipari and several members of the team on Tuesday joined Samaritan's Feet To Provide New Shoes And Encouragement For Children to wash the feet of 450 children before they received new shoes.
The non-profit Samaritan's Feet held the event Shoes of Hope at Campton Elementary School in Campton, Kentucky. Over 450 children will eventually be blessed with new shoes and have their feet washed by the UK basketball team and Samaritan's Feet Ambassadors.
Samaritan's Feet is a 501(c)(3) humanitarian aid organization that shares a message of hope and love through washing the feet of impoverished children around the world and adorning them with new shoes. There are an estimated 300 million children who go without shoes every day and more than one million that die each year from foot borne disease. Their goal is to provide 10 million pairs of shoes for children in the next 10 years, and since 2003 Samaritan's Feet and its team of ambassadors have blessed more than four million children in more than 60 nations.
Samaritan's Feet was started in 2003 by Manny Ohonme, who received his first pair of shoes at the age of nine from a missionary. Those shoes allowed him to learn and play the game of basketball, which ultimately earned him a scholarship to the University of North Dakota (Lake Region).
Ohonme went on to receive his bachelor's and master's degrees and pursued a successful career in supply chain software industries.