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DURHAM, N.C.-Rivalry week kicks off Tuesday here in Durham as the Duke University wrestling squad welcomes Tobacco Road rival North Carolina Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. The wrestling bout will also be the first of three Duke athletics events over the course of the week when the Blue Devils will team up with Samaritans Feet to raise money for shoes for those in need all over the world.

Samaritans Feet is a non-profit humanitarian aid organization that has become a community of more than 70,000 volunteers who have joined together to make a difference in the lives of children in need in every corner of the world. From a dream to the reality of over four million impoverished children and adults in more than 60 nations being served by having their feet washed, receiving a new pair of shoes, and hearing a message of hope.

Spearheaded by Duke senior Maddie Salamone, the recently elected chair of the Division I National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Duke will encourage fans to donate money for shoes for those in need. A $10 donation is equal to a new pair of shoes.

The Feb. 12 wrestling match with the Tar Heels begins the weeklong fundraiser and Duke head coach Glen Lanham will be coaching barefoot to raise awareness for the organization and the need for shoes for those impoverished in the United States and around the world.

Three days later, the women's lacrosse team takes to the field against Richmond donning orange shoelaces in support of the foundation. Finally, in conjunction with its annual Play 4Kay game Feb. 17, the Duke and Wake Forest women's basketball head coaches will coach in bare feet for Samaritans Feet.

Students will be able to donate the $10 by simply swiping their Duke ID card at any of the three events. All proceeds go directly to the Samaritans Feet organization. Other fans looking to support the cause can make a $10 donation in cash.

Samaritans Feet was started by Emmanuel Ohonme after his life was forever changed when a stranger gave him his first pair of shoes as a boy in Lagos, Nigerian. Ohonme went on to earn a Division I basketball scholarship and became inspired to fulfill his vision of putting 10 million pairs of shoes on the feet of 10 million orphans and impoverished people a reality.

For more details about Samaritans Feet, visit the website here:


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