Coach Ron Hunter Follows in Humbling Footsteps...Barefoot
By Titus Falodun Staff Writer | 11/8/2013, 6 a.m.
In fact, Hunter takes his teams to various countries on a mission to distribute shoes and spread a message.
Recently, the current GSU Panthers roster visited South Africa, where players were able to give shoes to underprivileged children.
“To see them line up and be happy to get a pair of shoes, it made me realize I’m so grateful for a lot of things,” senior guard Rashaad Richardson told The Atlanta Voice.
“My mom worked multiple jobs, because my father passed away when I was four. And she was always struggling. So, I know what it is to go through a whole school year with just two pairs of shoes. It’s not as bad…but I know what it is.”
The shoe distribution is marked by a “washing of the feet” that precedes it, which reflects a biblical tale wherein Christ washed the feet of his disciples. Just as that Christian parable is significant, so is the “washing of the feet” by the Samaritan’s Feet volunteers.
“It’s a role reversal where you, a leader, now become a servant,” Ohonme explained. “You’re also touching someone’s feet, [a] vulnerable part of a human beings body. There’s an instant and intimate connection there.”
With this baptism and gift bearing, Samaritan’s Feet, celebrating its 10th year, stands as a symbol of hope for many.
Furthermore, Coach Ron Hunter and Emmanuel Ohonme use their platforms successfully and selflessly.
“It’s easy to write a check for charity,” Hunter said. “But when you give your heart and soul, now you’re really involved.”
The GSU Panthers tipoff their season Saturday, Nov. 9 against Southern Poly at 1 p.m. in the Sports Arena.
For more information on Samaritan's Feet, visit http://www.samaritansfeet.org.