When players on the Wright State men’s basketball team laced up their sneakers to play the visiting Titans from Detroit on Jan. 26, their coach Scott Nagy arrived shoeless.
By coaching a game barefoot, Nagy tries to raise awareness for Samaritan’s Feet, a global humanitarian organization that provides shoes for children around the world.
This was the 10th year that Nagy coached a game barefoot. “I’m so thankful for Samaritan’s Feet. They see it that we’re helping them out. The way I look at it they’re helping us out by providing opportunities for our players to do stuff like this,” said Nagy.
On Jan. 27, basketball players and coaching staff volunteered at the Life Enrichment Center in East Dayton to wash people’s feet and pass out 200 new athletic sneakers to those in need.
The intimate encounter allows the players on the team to exchange stories and experiences with the recipients. “It’s definitely life-changing,” said Jaylon Hall, a freshman basketball player.
Samaritan’s Feet was founded in 2003 and has served over 6.7 million people around the world.