Posted: Aug 5, 2012 6:05 PM
Updated: Aug 5, 2012 6:12 PM
In 2011, Kentucky runner Luis Orta told his teammate at the time, Josh Nadzam that he felt bad about throwing out his running shoes -- the shoes lose their trend and support after a certain amount of miles making them unsafe to compete in.
So Orta suggested they start a shoe drive.
After a month of making phone calls, sending texts, etc., they had 2,100 pairs of used shoes to donate to Soles4Souls, a non-profit organization in Nashville, Tenn.
The drive did so well in the first year that Soles4Souls asked Nadzam and Orta to not only do it again, but make it SEC-wide.
Orta, Nadzam and other members of the track and field and cross country teams worked together to bring 2,911 pairs of shoes to Soles4Souls in 2012, a new record in a drive they hope to continue for years to come.