Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Classic returns for fourth year

Event features 10 games with high school boys basketball teams from South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.

By: Paul Heinert .

Samaritan's Feet Barefoot Classic
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The fourth annual Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Classic presented by Sanford Health returns to the Sanford Pentagon Jan. 5, 2019.

The field expands this year with 10 boys games comprising the schedule — up from eight games the previous year.  Games start at 8 a.m. and tip every 90 minutes. Schools from South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa are competing in this year’s classic.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students K-12. Children four and under are free.

The event allows coaches the option to go barefoot during the games to help raise awareness ofSamaritan’s Feet, a 501(c)(3) humanitarian aid organization that shares a message of hope with children in need in the United States and around the world by washing their feet and giving them a new pair of shoes. With the World Health Organization reporting that more than 1.5 billion people are infected with diseases that are transmitted through contaminated soil, the mission of Samaritan’s Feet is to provide education and economic opportunities through this gift and act of service.

Sanford Health has partnered with Samaritan’s Feet since 2015 donating over $1 million to help support shoe distribution events across the Midwest and around the world. The organization’s founder, Manny Ohonme, is a member of the Sanford International Board.

“Samaritan’s Feet is honored to once again partner with Sanford Health and the Barefoot Classic,” said Ohonme. “We appreciate their ongoing support and are grateful for the teams involved in the tournament and the Sioux Falls community as they help us raise awareness for our mission of creating a world with zero shoeless children and help us serve families in need in the area.”

Since its founding in 2003, Samaritan’s Feet and its partners have distributed more than 6.8 million pairs of shoes in 108 countries and 385 U.S. cities.

The 5 p.m. game of the Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Classic is the Hall of Fame Game presented by the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame. The matchup features Redfield/Doland and Lake Preston – the two teams who played in the first South Dakota state high school basketball championship game in 1912.

“The Hall of Fame will observe its 10th anniversary in 2019. To commemorate that milestone we believe that a perfect way to begin the new year is to bring together the two teams that made history 106 years ago,” said Dave Wagner, executive director of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

In a pre-game ceremony, the Hall of Fame will present specially designed key rings to players and coaches that commemorate the 1912 tournament and the 2019 Hall of Fame Game.

Midco Sports Network will broadcast four evening games of the Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Classic live in high definition, beginning at 5 p.m. with the Hall of Fame Game

The Jan. 5 schedule:

  • 8 a.m. – Canton vs. Freeman Public
  • 9:30 a.m.  – Elk Point Jefferson vs. Platte-Geddes
  • 11 a.m. – Canisota vs. Parkston
  • 12:30 p.m. – Central Lyon vs. Trinity Christian
  • 2 p.m. – St. Paul Central vs. Lennox
  • 3:30 p.m. – Viborg-Hurley vs. Groton
  • 5 p.m. – Redfield vs. Lake Preston (Hall of Fame Game)
  • 6:30 p.m. – Irene-Wakonda vs. Sisseton
  • 8 p.m. – Tea Area vs. Cambridge-Isanti
  • 9:30 p.m. – Sioux Falls O’Gorman vs. Minneapolis North

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