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O Heroes Raffling Autographed Ball For Samaritan's Feet
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 03/26/2013
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EUGENE, Ore. -- O Heroes and the University of Oregon men’s basketball program are teaming up to raise funds for Samaritan’s Feet as part of a local initiative to outfit Lane County youth with socks and shoes.

The Ducks, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 this season, have autographed a basketball which will be raffled to those who have donated to the Oregon-specific chapter for Samaritan’s Feet. A minimum donation of $10 is required to be eligible to win the signed basketball. The deadline for entering the raffle is Monday, April 8, which is the date of the NCAA Tournament title game.

Donations can be made online or directly to the O Heroes office on UO’s campus (address listed below). Those who donate anonymously through the online donation process cannot be tracked and thus are ineligible to win. All donations are tax deductible.

O Heroes
C/o Judy Sheldon
1615 E 13th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401

Samaritan’s Feet has partnered with the NCAA for the last five years at the Final Four where thousands of pairs of shoes have been distributed to impoverished families in the host city.

Samaritan’s Feet is also an official charity of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

O Heroes' main goal is to have all proceeds (raised by the Oregon-specific chapter) impact the Eugene/Springfield community. In order for all proceeds to remain local, O Heroes must raise at least $7,500 by the end of the spring quarter. If O Heroes can raise that amount, UO student-athletes will hand deliver brand new shoes and socks to as many as 500 impoverished children in the Lane County.

If O Heroes falls short of the $7,500 goal, the proceeds raised will go to the national initiative.

Samaritan's Feet is a national nonprofit {501(c)3} which was founded by former NCAA Div. I men's basketball player, Manny Ohonme. Samaritan's Feet serves the impoverished in over 62 countries around the world and has placed new shoes and socks on the feet of more than 4 million children.

This year, the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has affiliated itself with Samaritan's Feet. Both organizations strive to have every Division I program involved with the effort.

Maggie Kovacs (LAX / SAAC) and Sarah Andrews (CC / T&F / SAAC) are a pair of student-athletes who are helping to lead the local movement for O Heroes.

Nearly 300 million people around the world go without shoes each day and millions are plagued with foot-borne illnesses that may be preventable by simple protection – shoes. Samaritan’s Feet -- a 501(c)(3) humanitarian aid organization -- has a mission to raise enough funding to put 10 million pairs of shoes of 10 million children in the next 10 years.

This cause was introduced to the college athletics mainstream in November of 2007 when Samaritan’s Feet asked IUPUI basketball coach Ron Hunter to lead the Barefoot Coaching Movement by going without shoes and socks during a game.

This year, staffs from the UO lacrosse and acrobatics & tumbling programs joined coaches from around the nation by going barefoot at a home event.

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