Congratulations to our 2019 Barefoot Coaches of the Year:
Mike Anderson, Head Basketball Coach, St. John’s University
John Stiegelmeier, Head Football Coach, South Dakota State University
Edwin Thompson, Head Baseball Coach, Eastern Kentucky University
Coach Anderson and his team have volunteered at shoe distributions in their local area for the past four years, helping to serve over 280 children in their community. “Thank you Samaritan’s Feet for inviting me to represent children without shoes as a Barefoot Coach. Growing up,as a child, I walked barefoot many times out of choice not out of lack. Psalms 127:3 MSG says: ‘Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift? the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?’ Being able to be a small part of service to God by serving children through the washing of feet and then putting shoes on those feet is not only a humbling experience, but also a blessing. I appreciate you, Manny & Tracy and all that you do for the kingdom! You are one of God’s great gifts to His children,” said Coach Anderson.
Coach Stiegelmeier has gone barefoot during pre-game warm-ups for the past seven years, often asking the opposing team’s coach to join him. He and his team and staff have served at several shoe distributions in their local community over the last several years. “The SDSU Football Family is honored to support the mission of Samaritan’s Feet. Every year we are reminded of how blessed we are and of the tremendous need for shoes around the world and in the homes of many of our neighbors here in Brookings,” said Coach Stiegelmeier.
Coach Thompson has coached games barefoot for Samaritan’s Feet during the past two baseball seasons. His team and staff have volunteered at shoe distributions in their county each year for the past three years, serving a total of 753 children. Coach Thompson has rallied his team, school, and area around the cause and has fundraised to help support these events. “I am truly honored to be selected as a coach of the year. Being a part of Samaritan’s Feet family is and will never be about me, it is about the young people we have the opportunity to serve and impact,” said Coach Thompson.