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Lions Top WCC in Soles4Souls Campaign

March 23, 2009



Loyola Marymount University donated more than 1,500 pairs of shoes to guide the West Coast Conference to a total of more than 5,200 pairs, exceeding the WCC’s target goal of 5,000.  The WCC asked each of the eight member schools to collect shoes from December 2008 through the end of the conference basketball schedule.  The Lions easily outdistanced Gonzaga for the top spot in the campaign, which was co-sponsored by the WCC and

The new and used shoes will be donated to Soles4Souls, a non-profit organization based out of Alabama that was created by Wayne Elsey as a response to the 2004 tsunami that hit Southeast Asia.  Now, after having coordinated relief efforts for the Asian Tsunami and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Soles4Souls has already successfully donated over one million pairs of shoes to those hurting both domestically and internationally.

After LMU’s more than 1,500 pairs donated, Gonzaga came in second with 1,183.  Pepperdine finished a close third, totaling 1,014.  For LMU’s efforts, the Lions’ student fan group will receive a free party at the baseball game against Portland on April 3.  All students in attendance will receive free pizza and soda.

Of the 5,200 pairs of shoes donated by the WCC, about 1,000 new shoes were distributed to at-risk youth from the Clark County School District and the After School All-Star program in Las Vegas on March 9.

"I would like to congratulate our eight institutions, their student-athletes and campus communities for this remarkable accomplishment," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "To see the conference work together and exceed our aggressive goal in this shoe drive is a true testament to the WCC's mission driven commitment to giving back to the Las Vegas community."

Loyola Marymount – 1500 
Gonzaga  – 1183 pairs
Pepperdine – 1014 pairs
Saint Mary’s – 410 pairs  
Portland – 377 pairs
Santa Clara – 285 pairs
San Diego – 220  pairs
San Francisco – 204 pairs
Conference Office – 27  pairs


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