Soles 2 Souls

Bucks Team Mates group asking fans to bring new or slightly used shoes to Feb. 18 game vs. Chicago; All shoes to benefit children and young adults in Africa

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February 9, 2009

When Kenya Bell and Jane Boylan joined their husbands, Bucks guard Charlie Bell and assistant coach Jim Boylan, on a trip to Africa this past summer as part of the NBA Basketball Without Borders program, they knew that their eyes would be opened to the customs and traditions of a new culture.  In addition to the food, the dances and the language, they also saw a particular need among both children and adults – shoes.

“The need for better shoes in Africa is a great one,” said Kenya Bell.  “During our trip we saw many children with either badly worn, incomplete footwear or no footwear at all.  Many of us have pairs of shoes that we no longer use and there are people in Africa that could benefit greatly from them.  We hope Bucks fans will join us in this important cause.”

On Wednesday, February 18, when the Bucks play host to the Chicago Bulls, the team will also hold their inaugural “Soles 2 Souls” event.  The organization is asking all fans in attendance to bring with them to the game new or slightly used shoes that can be donated to the people of Africa who otherwise do not have adequate footwear. 

Collection bins will be placed at each of the four Bradley Center entrances.  All fans who donate shoes will receive a discounted ticket offer and an “I Shared My Sole” sticker to proudly display their support for the project.

The shoes will be sent to the NBA’s New York headquarters where they will be included with other items to be sent to Africa as part of the league’s Basketball Without Borders program.

The Bucks Team Mates group is composed of player wives, girlfriends and family members who are committed to bettering the lives of others through special in-season initiatives at the Bradley Center and other locations.