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Coach Ron Hunter Follows in Humbling Footsteps...Barefoot

Samaritan's Feet

By Titus Falodun Staff Writer | 11/8/2013, 6 a.m.
Coach Ron Hunter poses with Samaritan's Feet founder Emmanuel Ohonme and children that benefit from their worldwide shoe distribution initiative. Photo courtesy of Georgia State University.

In fact, Hunter takes his teams to various countries on a mission to distribute shoes and spread a message.

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Georgia State University Panthers celebrate a successful trip to South Africa as Samaritan's Feet volunteers. Photo of courtesy of GSU.

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.