The West Coast Conference and Zappos.com have announced it will be kicking off the third annual Zappos.com WCC Shoe Drive to collect shoes for Soles4Souls, a non-profit organization that donates footwear to those in need around the country and the world.
This season Santa Clara University is setting its sights high, with the goal of collecting more than 3,500 shoes—slightly more than last year’s winner, Loyola Marymount University, collected in 2010. To accomplish this goal, Santa Clara’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has come up with several innovative strategies and incentives to mobilize the SCU student body and the greater Santa Clara community to donate.
“SAAC just didn’t really see the point in setting a goal that wasn’t going to win this competition,” said Bronco Associate Athletic Director Staci Gustafson. “They really believe that with greater SAAC involvement, and campus and community presence this goal could easily be achieved.”
SAAC, which is made up of representatives from SCU’s 19 sports, collected 240 shoes the first year it participated in the shoe drive. Last year, students collected 623. Thus, in order to collect 3,500 shoes this year, they’ll have to reach out to hundreds of more people across campus and beyond.
Donation boxes are located at every RLC, as well as at Leavey and Malley Centers. Read more.