IUPUI coach to go barefoot at game for charity

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On Monday, 12 more cities will take part in the activities. Celebrities ranging from poet Maya Angelou to television announcer and former NBA player Clark Kellogg, and musician Big Kenny of the country music duo Big & Rich are scheduled to participate. Jay Hein, the former White House director of Faith Based Initiatives, is also expected to help.

“We’ve always washed the feet, and that’s what differentiates us,” Melloh said. “We believe the exchange between the recipient and the giver is an amazing exchange of love.”

Since the organization started in 2003, it has handed out more than 2 million pairs of shoes around the globe. Yet Hunter knows that’s still not nearly enough.

The group says more than 300 million children worldwide go shoeless every day. In almost every interview, Hunter encourages people to experience life without shoes for a day.

This year, Hunter has promised to go barefoot at any game where the opposing coach does the same. There have already been two takers _ North Dakota State’s Saul Phillips and South Dakota State’s Scott Nagy. Unfortunately, that doesn’t leave much time to recover between the games on Feb. 10 and 12.

But Hunter, who is 3-1 all-time in barefoot games, isn’t worried about his feet or wins or losses.

“I’ll always do it on Martin Luther King weekend, whether we’re home or away. And if we’re away, I’ll do it again at home another time,” Hunter said. “It’s really about losing your comfort level a little bit, and when I get off the plane in those countries and I see those kids, it’s like Christmas Day because their eyes just light up. You just can’t believe it.”

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