Buick, NCAA & NABC Team up to Provide Millions of Shoes for Kids

March 28th, 2011 by

It’s hard not to take for granted all of the ‘things’ we have and use on a daily basis. Something as simple as shoes, for those of us lucky to have them, are a basic necessity that many children around the world live without.

Thankfully, Buick, the NCAA and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) have teamed up with Samaritan’s Feet to donate 2,011 pairs of shoes and socks to kids in need during the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship week in Houston, March 28-31.

“This is an outstanding effort to protect kids’ feet and promote an active lifestyle,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president, Buick Marketing. “By working together, Buick, Samaritan’s Feet, the NCAA and the coaches of college basketball stand to make a profound difference in scores of young lives.”

Buick is working with Samaritan’s Feet to distribute 150 pairs of shoes to kids in Detroit as well.

While having one or more pairs of shoes is taken for granted in developed nations, more than 300 million children around the world go without shoes, and nearly 1 million die each year as a result of soil-transmitted illnesses and foot-borne diseases. In its effort to promote foot health for children, Samaritan’s Feet has a long-term goal to fit 10 million kids with 10 million pairs of shoes in 10 years. [GM Media]

Check out this great inspirational video featuring Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme, the founder of Samaritan’s Feet:


The organization’s founder, former University of North Dakota basketball player Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme, credits the inspiration for his non-profit organization to his own experience as an impoverished 9-year-old boy in Nigeria where a “Good Samaritan” from Wisconsin gave him his first pair of shoes. [GM Media]

If you’d like to get involved in this great foundation visit: Sarmaritansfeet.org.  There are so many children around the world in need of the basic necessities that we take for granted every day.

Thanks to Buick for making a contribution to such a great foundation!




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