When players on the Wright State men’s basketball team laced up their sneakers to play the visiting Titans from Detroit, their coach Scott Nagy arrived barefoot.
By coaching a game without shoes, Nagy raised awareness for Samaritan’s Feet, a global humanitarian organization that provides shoes for children all over the world.
This was the ninth year that Nagy coached a game barefoot. “There are so many third world countries where children are running around with no shoes,” he said.
To help Haiti, his adopted daughter Naika’s home country, Nagy thought Samaritan’s Feet would be a perfect fit. The Wright State basketball team will travel to Haiti in August to deliver food and shoes to children in need.
“There will be kids that this will be the first time that they’ve had a pair of shoes put on their feet,” said Nagy.
The basketball coach hopes to inspire his players. “What we’re trying to do is help our guys become servant leaders, and I think this is a really good way to get them started in it,” he said.