Soles4Souls Is Bama Campaign

D.J. Fluker won't be in town for the shoe drive, but it's not likely his size 22 boats would be of much use, anyway. Big-Foot Fluker will be with his Crimson Tide football teammates in Durham, N.C., to play Duke. There are, however, plenty of citizens who will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend, and there are many in need of their used (though not abused) extra shoes.

As The University of Alabama cross country programs' annual Crimson Classic meet approaches this weekend, the men's and women's teams have announced the launch of their ‘Extra Mile' shoe drive during the week leading up to and during the meet.

In cooperation with the Athletic Department's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Soles4Souls, the two teams will be collecting gently used shoes that will in turn be used to aid those in desperate need of adequate footwear world-wide.

"As an athlete, I have an abundance of shoes," drive organizer and women's cross country student-athlete Kelsey Johnson said. "As my stockpile of shoes grew, I had always wished I could do something about it. At some point though, I had to stop wishing."

"It's sad when I have all of these shoes that I don't need anymore and others around the world have none. Tons of high school and college athletes compete in the Crimson Classic every year and they all have shoes – lots of shoes. By simply providing an outlet to charitably clean out their closets we have the ability to, as Souls4Soles motto cries, ‘change the world one pair at a time.'"

Johnson's co-organizer and men's cross country student-athlete Nathan Corder felt compelled as a competitive runner to aid in the cause.

"I was thrilled when Kelsey approached with this opportunity," Corder said. "Giving the gift of running and footwear is just a brilliant image for a runner to be able to accomplish. When we contacted Soles4Souls, they recognized that student-athletes have an image that is very powerful and have been outstanding in terms of helping."

The teams will set up various locations across campus for both student-athletes and the general student body to drop off used shoes, as well as a public drop off location in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum Sept. 15-17. In addition, all teams and athletes competing in Saturday's meet are encouraged to donate any shoes they feel inclined to give. A complete list of drop off locations is listed below.

Shoes collected throughout the week and on Saturday will be sent to Soles4Souls, a Nashville, Tenn., based non-profit charity that distributes these shoes free of charge to people in need, regardless of race, religion, class, or any other criteria. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away more than 10 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently donating one pair every 7 seconds.) The shoes have been distributed to people in more than 125 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States.

UA Cross Country Extra Mile Shoe Drive Drop Off Locations

Public Drop Off

Coleman Coliseum Main Lobby

Harry Pritchett Running Park – Sept. 18

Student-Athlete Drop Off

Bryant Hall

Mal M. Moore Building Weight Room

Training and Equipment Rooms

Campus Drop Off

Rogers Library

Gorgas Library

Lakeside Dining Hall

Tutwiler Hall

Upper and lower levels of the Ferguson Center

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