Student group collecting shoes for ‘Soles4Souls’

Sole searching -- Kinesiology graduate students (from left) R. Kyle Steinacher of Carrollton, Daman R. Emrick of Griggsville, Keith L. Rader of Mangum, Okla., Lyle A. Yoder of Berlin, Ohio, Porchia V. Jenkins of Romeoville and Claire M. Mooney-Melvin of Evanston show the shoes they have collected so far for Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity that distributes footwear to the poor. The students serve as officers in the department’s newly formed Sports Studies Association. (Photo provided) Download Photo Here

February 12, 2010

Student group collecting shoes for ‘Soles4Souls’

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- If you’re looking for a way to do some good, let someone else walk some miles in your shoes.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s newly formed Sport Studies Association is collecting “gently worn” and new shoes for a national charity called Soles4Souls, which has given more than five million pairs of footwear to shoeless people in 125 countries.

“It doesn’t even have to be a pair -- we can take a single shoe,” said Griggsville native Daman Emrick, a master’s student in kinesiology who serves as the new student organization’s president.

Soles4Souls will accept athletic and dress shoes, sandals, work boots, cleated gear, even dance shoes and flip flops, as long as they’re clean and in reasonably good shape. (For more information about the charity, log on to

The sport studies group has donation boxes at the kinesiology office in Room 107 of Davies Hall, at the equipment desk of the Student Recreation Center, 300 E. Grand Ave., and in Room 171 of Lingle Hall. Claire Mooney-Melvin in Room 151 of Lingle Hall also will take shoes. You may donate footwear up through Feb. 25.

“If you’ve always wanted to help someone but haven’t had the time, this is your opportunity,” Emrick said.