Soles4Souls Collection Saturday At Men's Basketball Game

Feb. 23, 2010

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and its members will be accepting donations for the second annual Soles4Souls shoe collection at the Bulldogs men's basketball game Saturday against the University of San Francisco at 5 p.m. at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

All donations will assist with Gonzaga's contribution to the Zappos.com WCC Shoe Drive, a conference wide initiative.

Donations will directly benefit Soles4Souls, a non-profit organization that was created in response to the 2004 tsunami that hit southeast Asia. Since that time, more than 1 million pairs of shoes have helped those in need, domestically and internationally. Soles4Souls will assist with current relief efforts in Haiti by distributing this year's shoes to Haitians following last month's devastating earthquake.

Zappos.com and the West Coast Conference are partnering for the second consecutive year and will use the WCC Basketball Championships as a platform to collect and distribute shoes around the world. All eight WCC institutions are competing to gather the most shoes. Shoes collected on each campus will be tallied and the winning university will be recognized at the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas and awarded a student party at their institution. More than 5,200 pairs of shoes were collected from all WCC institutions during the 2009 shoe drive.

SAAC is comprised of representatives from each Gonzaga athletic team whose main purpose is to serve as a student-athlete voice regarding student-athlete welfare within Gonzaga's athletic department, the West Coast Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

 

 

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