The UMBC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee held its second-annual shoe sale in the Retriever Activities Center on Tuesday, November 16. The event was open to all students and faculty on campus and was paired up with Soles4Souls charity, a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you.
The organization distributes these shoes to people in need, regardless of race, religion, class or any other criteria. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away nearly 12 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes, which averages out to one pair every seven seconds. The shoes have been distributed to people in over 125 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States.
Last year, UMBC athletes donated 30 pairs of shoes to the Soles4Souls charity during the shoe sale; however, this year student-athletes and coaches contributed over 150 pairs of new and lightly worn used shoes. Soles4Souls provided the university with three boxes to collect donations. Extra-large boxes were needed halfway through the day to accommodate the donated shoes that exceeded the three boxes.
Student-athletes delivered the boxed shoes to a local warehouse, where they will be packaged and shipped to various countries around the world. The shoe sale is the largest fundraiser for SAAC and has turned into a great community outreach program through the Soles4Souls charity.