LOS ANGELES – This November, the UCLA women’s basketball team will partner with The Dream Center for the Third Annual Samaritan’s Feet Shoe Drive.
Bruins fans are encouraged to bring new, unused children's athletic shoes to Samaritan's Feet Faith & Family Day on Sunday, Nov. 24 when UCLA hosts Oklahoma in Pauley Pavilion at 1:00 p.m.
On game day, fans will receive two complimentary admission tickets to the UCLA vs. Oklahoma game by donating a pair of shoes or with a $15 donation at the shoe drive tent along the north side of Pauley Pavilion.
Our goal is to collect at least 500 pairs of shoes. Samaritan’s Feet is a global non-profit organization that brings shoes to the nearly 300 million people who go without shoes each day. Since partnering together in 2011, the UCLA women’s basketball team has held Samaritan's Feet shoes drives the past two years and personally distributed the shoes to a community center in Philadelphia, Pa., and to a local school in Compton, Calif.
There are other ways you can also donate. One is by texting the word shoes to 85944 and $10 will be added to your cell phone bill. Or you may click here to make any size donation you can. We are currently at 15 percent of our goal so we need your help! To learn more about Samaritan's Feet and the needs for the Bruins' shoe drive click here.
On Monday, Dec. 16, the UCLA women’s basketball team along with Dream Center volunteers will go to Rosemont Elementary, a low income area school, to give away the shoes they collected from the drive. Additionally, shoes will be given to homeless and abused families living in the Dream Center, as well as some homeless young adults on skid row.
If you can't make it to the game to drop off your donation, but you have new or unused athletic shoes to give, you may drop them off during regular business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) until Dec. 6 to Pam Walker on the second floor of the J.D. Morgan Center on the campus of UCLA.
About The Dream Center
The Dream Center, a volunteer driven organization that finds and fills the needs of individuals and families alike, was founded in 1994 and currently serves over 50,000 people each month. Services and programs offered include residential rehabilitation programs for adults, a shelter for victims of human trafficking, a transitional shelter for homeless families, mobile hunger relief and medical programs, and a foster care intervention outreach that works closely with Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to keep families intact by delivering the required furnishings, clothing and food to assure that their homes meet DCFS standards. Programs such as adult basic education, job skills training, and life skills counseling are also to homeless families and individuals continue to establish The Dream Center is vital for community development. The Dream Center’s record of success has led to the launch of over 100 independent Dream Centers.
About UCLA Women’s Basketball Team
The UCLA Bruins are currently 1-2 during the 2013-14 season and are receiving votes for national ranking consideration in both polls. The Bruins are led by senior guard Thea Lemberger (20.3 ppg, 3.0 apg) and senior forward Atonye Nyingifa (18.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg). Sophomore Nirra Fields (14.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and redshirt freshman Lauren Holiday (10.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg) round out a quartet of Bruins averaging in double figures in scoring. UCLA has also recently signed its first-ever No. 1 recruiting class in the country for the 2014-15 season.