FGCU Athletics Announces Shoes Drive to Benefit Soles4Souls
Monday, August 17, 2009

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Every 17 seconds, Soles4Souls Inc. gives away another pair of shoes to someone in need. The shoe charity has earned glowing endorsements from Hollywood stars and professional athletes, but the people that truly make the non-profit organization effective are those who clean out their closets to personally drop off their ‘gently worn’ shoes at a participating location. FGCU’s drop boxes will be located outside of the Alico Arena and the Outdoor Sports Complex Athletic Training Rooms.

From August 22 through October 8, Soles4Souls and FGCU Athletics will be collecting your gently worn footwear and/or donations to ship the shoes to a person in need, whether they are victims of a natural disaster or subject to living in extreme poverty. It is estimated that Americans have 1.5 billion pairs of unused shoes lying in their closets. The charity can use each and every one of these pairs to make a tangible difference in someone's life.

“We can use the shoes taking up space in your closet to change the world one pair at a time,” Founder/CEO Wayne Elsey said. “We need our partners at FGCU to 'STEP UP' and get behind our call for action. It’s one of the most simple yet profound gifts you can make, because it will greatly improve someone’s life in the most difficult of times,” he said.

About Soles4Souls (www.soles4souls.org)
Nashville-based Soles4Souls™ facilitates the donations of both new and used shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Soles4Souls has distributed more than 4.3 million pairs (currently donating one pair every 13 seconds) to people in over 125 countries, including Honduras, Uganda, Romania, and the United States. The charity has been featured recently in Runner's World and the Green Guide by National Geographic. It has also appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, and hundreds of regional outlets around North America. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit www.giveshoes.org for more information.

For more information please contact:
Chris Carmichael, Soles4Souls, 615-391-5723 ext 143 chrisc@giveshoes.org
Kim Dettwiller, Soles4Souls, 615-321-4073 kimd@giveshoes.org