Football, Samaritan's Feet team up to raise awareness for childhood poverty

Head Coach Matt Theobold running down the sideline

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover football team will host the fifth annual Samaritan's Feet Game this Saturday, Sept. 23, when the team hosts Anderson for 1:30 p.m. kickoff at Alumni Stadium.

For the past four years, the Panthers have hosted a Samaritan's Feet awareness-event during a home football game. The Hanover men's basketball team also hosted a Samaritan's Feet game this past season.

Samaritan's Feet is a non-profit organization, founded by Manny Ohonme and his wife Tracie in 2003. The goal of the organization is to provide hope to impoverished children through the gift of shoes, washing their feet and giving them positive encouragement.

Hanover, Samaritan's Feet and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference will join forces again this Saturday to help collect donations and bring awareness to the fact that there is an estimated 2.2 billion people in poverty and more than 1.5 billion people who suffer from foot borne diseases.

The Hanover football team will be selling wristbands and bracelets throughout the week in the James Graham Brown Campus Center. The team is asking for five and 10-dollar donations based on what you would like to purchase.

"Our goal is to reach 1,000 dollars in donations here at Hanover," stated head coach Matt Theobald. "Every donation helps put a new pair of socks and shoes on a child in need both locally and globally."

Donations made to Samaritan's Feet will help children around the globe, as well as those effected by the recent natural disasters here in the United States.

Coach Theobald will do his part in raising awareness and drawing attention to the cause, as he will be coaching barefoot during the game Saturday. Players will also wear orange wristbands during the game.

All members of the HCAC will participate in joint-effort with Samaritan's Feet this weekend, with home teams hosting an awareness event. Those who are not on campus will still be able to make donations at Alumni Stadium this Saturday.

Since its founding in 2003, Samaritan's Feet and its team of ambassadors and partners have blessed more than six million children in more than 80 nations, as well as 325 U.S. cities. The organization also has partnerships with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Student-Athlete Advisory Committees.

To learn more about Manny's story, the development of Samaritan's Feet, or how to donate directly, visit the link above.

Contact: Tyler Jester