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Lady Lions basketball program teams up with Soles4Souls

10/6/2011 —

The Penn State Beaver Lady Lions basketball team has launched a campus and community service project by teaming up with Soles4Souls, a charity designed to provide new shoes for global victims of poverty and natural disasters. The group also collects gently-used shoes to support micro-business efforts to eradicate poverty. Soles4Souls’ other two divisions, Clothes4Souls and Hope4Souls, provide the same relief and support through clothing and other necessities.

To date, the organization has donated more than 15 million pairs of shoes in the United States and around the world, including shoes for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Southeast Asian tsunami. 

Bert DeSalvo, the team’s head coach, noted that the team ‘wanted to do something this year to help those less fortunate. In the past we’ve assisted environmental groups and women's groups, and this year we're going to do our best to help those outside Beaver County.’

DeSalvo also noted that his wife, Becky is involved in the project. She is the adult, transfer, and international admissions counselor at Beaver. ‘My wife is responsible for recruiting international students to our campus,’ DeSalvo said, ‘and I wanted to reach out to an organization that could potentially help people from areas that our international students may be from or be close to. I think this project will show how much the campus community can rally to help those from all parts of the world.’

The team hopes to gather 238 pairs of shoes; that's exactly two pairs for each student athlete at Beaver campus. The public as well as all students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to drop off new or gently-worn shoes at one of five locations on campus: the gymnasium, Student Union Building, Harmony Hall residence hall, Student Activities Suite, and the faculty/staff mail room on the ground floor of the Ross Administration Building.

Shoes will be collected throughout the month of October. For information about the project, contact Ms. DeSalvo at rmm27@psu.edu or 724-773-3809, contact the Athletic Department at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826, , or visit http://www.soles4souls.org.


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