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UK track-sponsored shoe drive third annual tally blows away totals of previous two years

The final count for the third annual shoe drive originated on the University of Kentucky campus by track stars Josh Nadzam and Luis Orta is in, and the tally is impressive.

A grand total of 6,000 pairs were collected this spring, easily outdistancing the total of 2,100 pairs in 2011, and the 2,900 pairs collected one year ago.
Nadzam, a UK graduate and former track and field standout, and Orta, an NCAA meet qualifier on this year’s Wildcat team, came up with the concept of the UK Track and Field Shoe Drive as a means to encourage people to donate their used shoes to help people in need around the world.
Nadzam thanked the university community and others throughout Central Kentucky who helped in the effort. “The reason this has grown to become such a large event is due to the genuine hearts, compassion, and generosity of everyone involved,” Nadzam said. “Thanks to all of the schools, churches, gyms, athletic teams, organizations and businesses who helped spread the word and collect shoes for us.”
Nadzam cited a tremendous outpouring of help from a variety of sources, including 9-year-old Nikki Shoushe, who took it upon herself to collect 80 pairs of shoes.
Since getting its start at UK two years ago, the shoe drive has spread to the other 13 member institutions of the Southeastern Conference.
“A big thank you also goes to UK Athletics, to director Mitch Barnhart, and to the head coach of UK Track and Field Edrick Floreal for all of their support,” added Nadzam.

From UKNow
You might like to read our earlier story on the shoe drive UK track stars had an epiphany and now their annual shoe drive is making great strides. and our story profiling Nadzam – UK social work graduate launches Lexington project to help escape tough circumstances.

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