Saturday, December 9, 2023

A Chick-fil-A sandwich and two free ball games

Locals can help one in five in Williamsburg wear better shoes

In a 2013 video, you can see William and Mary Men’s Basketball coach Tony Shaver pacing the floor, squatting before his players, and walking across the court as he has done in so many games before.

The only difference? He has no shoes on.

Was it a protest? Well, of sorts. The point Shaver is making, along with hundreds of other William and Mary fans and caring sponsors, is that one in five people in Williamsburg live below the poverty line, and very likely don’t have adequate shoes, especially for the cold and snow this January has delivered.

This Thursday will mark the sixth Shoeless Showdown, providing local folks the opportunity to help a needy cause and have a fun and rewarding evening in return.

The mission is simple: everyone is invited to bring a new pair of shoes, any type and any size, to Kaplan Arena for their exciting 7 pm contest against rival James Madison.

In exchange for the new shoes, each person will receive free entry to the game, along with a certificate for a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich, a $10 coupon from C&F Bank towards a new checking account and two tickets to either of the upcoming Tribe home games against Towson (on January 13) or Northeastern (on January 18).

Representatives from each of the sponsors as well as CHKD’s Pediatric Associates of Williamsburg will be greeting shoe-bringers at each entrance to receive the shoes and hand out the ticket and sponsor packets.

All shoes stay local thanks to the work of Avalon Center, Williamsburg’s organization dedicated to end domestic and sexual violence, who will distribute the shoes to needy families.

As an added bonus, fans will see the hottest team in the CAA, currently atop in the standings in the ten-team division.

For more information, you can click here for the full details.

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