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North Central Athletes Give Shoes Off Their Feet

When North Central University (AG) athletes took the stage for their annual Athletics Chapel, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Leadership Counsel of Captains (LCC) focused their time around the theme of "Walking a Mile in Someone Else's Shoes."


However, the event wasn't just talk - in a symbol of unity and service, the athletes gave the shoes off their feet to charity. The athletes are part of Soles4Souls, a charity focused on collecting shoes and the athletes' work with victims of natural disasters, such as the 2004 Southeast Asia Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


Athletes called on the NCU community present in chapel to donate the very shoes they were wearing as a sign of unity with people in the world who lack such a fundamental necessity. The campus responded with around 200 pairs of gently used athletic, casual and dress footwear. In addition, $200 for shipping costs was also donated.


More than a fundraiser or charitable act, NCU athletes believed this to be a unifier between athletes and the campus they represent. "God isn't going to do what He wants to until we're unified as a campus," says Tom Beilke, a senior baseball captain.


NCU is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information about the school, see its Web site at

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