More facts about the “Barefoot for Bare Feet” Game

Georgia State coach Ron Hunter will coach in his bare feet in Thursday’s game against UNC-Wilmington to raise awareness of the millions of children around the world that don’t have a pair of shoes.

Shoes aren’t a fashion statement. They can help prevent foot-borne diseases that can kill.

Hunter has coached one game in his bare feet each of the past four seasons to help a charity, Samaritan’s Feet, that he’s been working with.

Hunter said he hopes that they can raise enough money this week to purchase 250,000 pairs of shoes, which will be given away when he goes on his annual trip this summer to visit impoverished children.

If interested, you can do your part by purchasing a $22 ticket to Thursday’s game. Ten dollars from every ticket will be donated to Samaritan’s Feet.

Click here if you want to purchase in advance. Use the promo code FEET.

If  you already have a ticket, you can donate $10 at the game, or you can bring in a new pair of children’s shoes and/or a new pair of socks. Please don’t bring used shoes. They can’t be donated.

If you can’t attend the game, but want to help, you can donate by texting SHOES to 85944, and a $10 donation will be added to your cell phone bill. Message and data rates apply.

On Monday, Hunter and his team will give away free shoes to 200 Atlanta-area children at the Blank Family YMCA.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

24 comments Add your comment

GSU is in Atlanta

January 9th, 2012
4:54 pm

This is a great cause that should make GSU fans proud of whom they have running the basketball program!

I hope that our fans respond by selling out the arena and helping Coach Hunter reach the financial goal that he has set forward for this game to benefit Samaritan’s Feet.

Beat UNCW and get another streak going!


January 10th, 2012
1:11 am

Great coach and an even greater person!

Thanks Doug!


January 10th, 2012
8:51 am

$22 to attend a GSU basketball game? No wonder we aren’t filling the arena.


January 10th, 2012
9:47 am

Great cause, I will be there for the game and to give to such a worthy cause.

Thanks for all you do CRH.


January 10th, 2012
9:54 am

@ G S U – Try reading first. $10 of the $22 are going to charity.


January 10th, 2012
11:28 am

That’s great that we are donating almost 50% to charity but what about the other home games? Still $22? Not worth it for many cash-strapped fans.


January 10th, 2012
11:54 am

@G S U – The other home games are $12. All concessions are $1!! You can buy flex packages that include even better deals. Find me a better deal in this town that that.

Not to mention you get to watch the best basketball team in the state.


January 10th, 2012
11:58 am

Also, you don’t have to donate. You can still buy regular priced tickets for Thursday. So you’re out of excuses.


January 10th, 2012
1:21 pm

Great stuff.


January 10th, 2012
4:15 pm

I will be there. I am really pumped about to this game! They have been creating a buzz slowly but surely on campus! Thanks for the write up.

Nick Bray

January 10th, 2012
8:20 pm

The reading comprehension levels of some people…

Nick Bray

January 10th, 2012
8:21 pm

Great cause and I cannot wait to join CRH is going barefoot in this great cause! Going to be an incredible two days. Yes I said two- starting Wednesday for this one…


January 10th, 2012
8:44 pm

Damn it!! I have to work on Thursday. I really wanted to be at this game. Sucks.


January 10th, 2012
10:27 pm

No freaking way I’m going barefoot to crackhead alley. I’ll be at the game but with shoes on….FYI, fat guy in 106 J7 is TOTALLY HOT!!!


January 10th, 2012
10:54 pm

Thanks Doug. Great team and a great cause promoted by Coach Hunter.


January 10th, 2012
11:08 pm

Thanks Doug! Great cause, great basketball being played, great time to pack the Arena.


January 11th, 2012
9:20 am


“The other home games are $12. All concessions are $1!! You can buy flex packages that include even better deals. Find me a better deal in this town that that.”

I can get two Redbox movies and some Chinese food for about that and get 2 nights worth of enjoyment out of it. Just sayin. Why don’t we have specials where it’s just $1 to enter for one game? We seriously need to look into restructuring the cost scale for athletics events.


January 11th, 2012
11:40 am

@ “allegedly” G S U

I see ya trollin playa. If 12 is killing you then chances are that you have never attended any GSU sporting event. So, Buh Bye..dont let the door hit ya


Thanks Doug for the story and for promoting info about this worthy cause on your blog.


January 11th, 2012
2:19 pm

“$12 is sooooooo expensive!” Always an excuse when you need one.

Well if $12 is too much to get out of the house to watch competitive college basketball and you would rather spend it on the couch watching movies and plumping up on chinese, maybe sacrificing that to give the shoeless a pair is more down your ally…DONATE!


January 11th, 2012
2:46 pm

@ The trolls above this comment-

I only responded because gsu01 said to find a better deal so I did. I never said that $12 was too much money. I just think that in order to increase our attendence IN ALL SPORTS, we should look at restructuring the admission costs.

Get Real!

January 11th, 2012
7:24 pm

Cost is not the issue. GSU Sporting events are by far the cheapest DI option in the area, and the most inexpensive entertainment option downtown/midtown. Please try to go to any other Top 150 DI basketball game for a more affordable cost.

Get Real!

January 11th, 2012
7:26 pm

GSU Football costs me $72.00 a season (that’s 7 games 2010; 6 games 2011) in the Georgia Dome. Motocross costs me $86.00 a seat for one event in the same section.


January 11th, 2012
8:56 pm

Cheapest D1 option in the area? Uh I can get tickets to a Georgia Tech men’s basketball game in Gwinnett for $10 and Kennesaw State for $10 also. Cheapest D1 option in the area?


January 11th, 2012
9:15 pm

Why is it that when there is an article about a very uplifting and wonderful event, that someone has to go and act like an idiot on here??? I’ve seen it time and time again… someone has to be “Debbie Downer”… @GSU… please take your negativity elsewhere. We don’t want it.
This is a wonderful opportunity to help children and thank you to Coach Hunter. Also, thanks to Doug for writing this article.