The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will sell TOMS shoes in the Campus Center Oct. 9.
The sale will take place during Homecoming week on World Sight Day as an initiative of the Southland Conference.
The committee is made up of at least two student-athletes from each of the 14 different sports on campus. The shoes will be sold for $34.99, which is cheaper than most TOMS shoes sold online.
“What we are doing is not only providing a shoe to students at a price cheaper for what they can get it in stores, but when ACU students buy shoes, they receive a pair, a pair is sent overseas and also a pair stays here in Abilene,” said Kyle Karnei, sophomore business major from Dallas. “Over thirty kids will receive a new pair of shoes as a result of this event.”
Karnei said the committee’s goal will be to make this into a larger-scaled event than last year.
“The biggest reason the students should get excited is that we are helping to change the lives of the less fortunate kids, especially the ones at New Horizon,” said Sylvia Barnier, committee advisor. “For every pair of TOMS we sell, we will outfit a child from New Horizon with a new much-needed pair of shoes. This initiative is one that is supported by the conference and one that we wholeheartedly embrace. It teaches us volunteerism and helps us to give back to the community not just in words but with our actions.”