Hunter stunned by Crocs aid

January 14, 2009
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crocsIUPUI basketball coach Ron Hunter got a big surprise this morning. While on the Mike & Mike Show on ESPN Radio, a staffer with Crocs told Hunter the footwear company was donating 50,000 pairs of shoes toward his effort to put shoes on the feet of poor children.

“Fifty what?” Hunter said upon hearing the announcement. “This is such a big deal because this isn’t just 50,000 pairs of shoes. This is 50,000 children you’re helping. I can’t tell you how much this means.”

Last year, Hunter began his effort to find shoes for the poor, with a goal of gathering 50,000 pairs. He ended up gathering more than 240,000 pairs, which he and his players delivered to poor third-world children. This year, Hunter, who will be coaching barefoot at a Jan. 17 game to raise awareness for the program, said he hopes to gather 1 million pairs of shoes, and that some of those will be distributed to disadvantaged children in the U.S. Several college coaches and radio and TV personalities across the country have joined Hunter in his effort this year. USA Today ran a Jan. 9 feature story about Hunter's quest.

For more information on the effort or to donate shoes, click here.
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  • Hunter is a local gem. I hope he's a community asset for a long time.
  • Cleveland State took a run at Hunter a couple years ago. One more solid showing in the NCAA tournament, and I predict Hunter will be gone. Although, plans to build a new basketball arena (which were recently unveiled) at IUPUI might help keep him around.
  • Heard that interview while sitting in the snow on I-65.

    What an etraordinary and genuine individual.
  • Amazing. Both Coach Hunter and Crocs. Wow. Tom's Shoes brags about their donations and Crocs donated more in one day than they did all year. Wow.

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