Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Distributes Shoes To Local Charitable Organizations

Jan. 28, 2005

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) continues to make a difference in the community with its ongoing community service projects. Currently involved in a project entitled Soul Purpose, Loyola student-athletes are collecting shoes for local charitable organizations.

"Soul Purpose has been a huge success," says SAAC Coordinator and Loyola Assistant Athletic Director Bill Wnek. "The students are very involved and the community response we've been getting is overwhelming."

Recently, Greyhound athletes distributed over 100 pairs of slightly used shoes to three charities in the Baltimore Metro Area. Members of SAAC, who placed several collection bins around the College, asked for donations of slightly used or even new shoes. The bins were placed in their locations just before the Thanksgiving holiday and the 100 pairs of shoes were collected in just under one month.

With the bins overflowing, SAAC members continuously collected shoes until a sufficient number was gathered to distribute to charities.

The three charities that benefited from the program were:
Agape House - a shelter for men and women in need.
My Sister's Place - a women's shelter for women and children in need of help.
Christopher's Place - a men's shelter for men looking to get their life back on track.

The Soul Purpose shoe drive will continue throughout the spring semester with the hope of another large shoe distribution to these worthy organizations.