Loyola, Tulane hoops match up to benefit Samaritan’s Feet

Sat, 11/06/2010

The Wolfpack enters this year’s contest coming off a 97-69 victory over Carver Bible on Friday night. Loyola is a perfect 3-0 on the season and is 15th in the NAIA in points per game with a 91.3 average. Corey Gray leads the Wolfpack averaging 17.7 points per game. He is shooting 55.6% from the field and 50% from behind the arc.

Before the Wolfpack game, Loyola students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to support the team at a pep rally at 5 p.m. in the Danna Student Center’s St. Charles Room. The rally will feature music, food, refreshments, face painting, button making and an appearance by Havoc.

Loyola’s St. Ignatius Spirit Band will second line Loyola fans across the street to the Fogelman Arena for tipoff.

Students can purchase tickets for $5 at the Pep Rally. Alumni, faculty, staff and friends can also purchase tickets at the St. Charles Room prior to the game for $10. Tickets include admission to the game, parking and complimentary food and beverages at the pep rally.

Also during Sunday's game Loyola Head Coach Dr. Michael Giorlando will support the non-profit Samaritan's Feet to help raise the awareness of the more than 300,000,000 children who go without shoes each day around the world by coaching the game without shoes. Tulane’s Ed Conroy will also coach barefooted.

By coaching the game in bare feet, the schools will join 3,000 barefoot partners around the country in raising funds to support local efforts to place new athletic shoes on the feet of thousands of children around the United States on the National Day of Service in January.

Fans attending this game are encouraged to bring a $10 donation, a new pair of children's athletic shoes, or help this cause through a text-to-give campaign via their cell phones at the game. The goal is to raise $7500 to help serve at least 500 children in the local community with a new pair of shoes. However, some local university supporters have already made pledges that will drive that goal even further. Fans are also invited to go "Barefoot for Bare Feet" and attend the event barefoot to call attention to the 300 million children who wake up every day without even one pair of shoes.

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