Coaches across the nation have been going barefoot to raise awareness for Samaritan’s Feet since 2008, but last Friday the inspiration expanded beyond just the sidelines. It spread to the stands.
Going barefoot during athletic events has raised awareness of Samaritan’s Feet across the country and has begun to influence fans to sacrifice their footwear for the hope of a better life for children in need. At the Butler vs. Green Bay basketball game on January 21st, people not only noticed Brad Stevens going barefoot for charity but also Butler’s fan-based organization Dawg Pound who forfeited their shoes for the cause. The expansion of going barefoot from coaches to fans shows that Samaritan’s Feet has spoken and inspired students and adults alike for a common cause.
As Butler University continues to embrace and expand the Barefoot for Bare Feet campaign, other universities are continuing to adopt the trend of going barefoot for charity across the nation. What began as an evolving idea first originated with IUPUI basketball coach Ron Hunter has expanded to thousands of coaches from coast to coast willing to kick off their shoes to make a difference.
As Samaritan’s Feet continues to inspire coaches on the sidelines and fans in the stands, the hope of motivating individuals beyond the court is within reach, one step at a time.