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DETROIT Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari will bring hope and new shoes to needy children in Detroit.
Through a partnership with SamaritanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Feet and the Boll Family YMCA, Calipari along with his staff and basketball team will exemplify servant leadership by washing the feet of students from the newly established Detroit Leadership Academy.Ã‚Â After washing their feet and providing the children with new shoes, Calipari and the UK squad will engage the students in basketball drills.
The event will be on Saturday11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Boll Family YMCA, 1401 Broadway Street, Detroit.
After participating in a SamaritanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Feet shoe distribution for orphans in Haiti this past June, Calipari was deeply impacted by the simple yet profoundly humbling act of washing the feet of children and providing them with new shoes.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It’s really neat the way Samaritan’s Feet does it,” said Calipari. “You can’t imagine the smiles and appreciation. It’s an amazing feeling to give those kids even a few minutes of that excitement that comes with getting new shoes.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Managed by the YMCA of metropolitan Detroit, The Detroit Leadership Academy anticipates hosting 300 students this year in grades K through 5.Ã‚Â Volunteers from the University of Kentucky athletic team, the Boll Family YMCA, and the Detroit community will celebrate the grand opening of the Detroit Leadership Academy by sharing hope and new shoes with 228 students grades K through 5.
Since March 2009, SamaritanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Feet has impacted over 6,000 children in need throughout Detroit. Nearly one thousand volunteers from area churches, community groups, and corporations including the Detroit Pistons Basketball Team, have given back to the people of Detroit through SamaritanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Feet shoe distributions.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Serving the people of Detroit over the last two years has been an incredible blessing to SamaritanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Feet,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Manny Ohonme, Founder of SamaritanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Feet.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have formed strong bonds with the community and consider our Detroit-area volunteers as family.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Greenfield Inn located in Allen Park, Michigan has provided accommodations for SamaritanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Feet staff.Ã‚Â All shoe recipients have been pre-registered and the event is not open to the public.