EUGENE, Ore. -- The O Heroes program continues to raise funds for Samaritan's Feet as part of a local initiative to outfit Lane County youth with socks and shoes.

O Heroes' main goal is to have all proceeds 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. As of March 7, O Heroes has raised a total of $1,948.

The fund raising is ongoing and comes to a close in June. People can donate online by clicking here or by donating directly to O Heroes:

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

All donations are tax deductible.

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 Div. 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.

Samaritan’s Feet has partnered with the NCAA for the last five years at the men’s 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)

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 will join coaches from around the nation by going barefoot at a home event.