Charity coaching barefoot for Costa Rican children

Two years after basketball coaches went barefoot to raise awareness for children without shoes, a Queens service organization is partnering with the same nonprofit group and basketball coaches for an encore: helping fight poverty by bringing shoes to Costa Rica.

On Jan. 16, 2010, fans may have been surprised to see both the men’s and women’s basketball coaching staff without shoes as they took on Pfeiffer University as part of their participation in the Samaritan’s Feet 2010 campaign, “Barefoot for Bare Feet.”

“Barefoot for Bare Feet” focused on the millions of children who are forced to live every day without shoes. College, high school and community coaches from across the nation coached games shoe-less. Along with the support of governors and business leaders who have went barefoot to spread awareness, Samaritan’s Feet collected more than 2 million pairs of new shoes and raised $2 million.

The Queens Athletic Department encouraged fans to bring in a new pair of shoes or make a donation, collecting 40 pairs of shoes and almost $100.

Roughly two years later, Circle K, an international service organization at Queens that links people with opportunities to serve, is partnering with Samaritan’s Feet to host a charity basketball game in Grady Cole on Wednesday, Feb. 8, against St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College.

Every year, Circle K raises money to go on a mission trip in Costa Rica, where members build and refurbish playgrounds, paint murals, host a recycling program, volunteer at a turtle nesting site, and learn about the Costa Rica’s struggle with poverty. This year, Circle K decided to pair with Samaritan’s Feet to collect contributions and then distribute them to children in Costa Rica.

Donations of $5 to $10 will be appreciated by Circle K, with the money be spent on the purchase of shoes. But new shoes will not be turned away.

“Samaritan’s Feet set up a donation page for Circle K, so really they’re helping Circle K a lot,” says Rae Manyika, who went on the mission trip last year. “They are going to donate shoes to us, so that we have more than we thought we were going to be able to.”

Please bring donations and/or donate to the webpages below:

For more questions about Circle K or Samaritan’s Feet:

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