Western Carolina University will host fun competition for the first-ever “Barefoot Games” on campus Saturday, April 23, to raise awareness and funds for Samaritan’s Feet, a global humanitarian aid organization.

The games, open to WCU students, will consist of an ultimate Frisbee tournament and a 500 meter relay, with entrants required to go barefoot. Competition starts at 11 a.m. at the Catamount Athletic Complex. All proceeds from the event will be used to send shoes to children in South Africa and elsewhere, part of a continuing effort by WCU’s Center for Service Learning and the university’s learning theme “Africa!  More Than a Continent.”

Teams of five will seek sponsorships from friends, family, classmates and the community to raise money. A minimum of two sponsors per person is required. “This event is a great opportunity for classes and groups to get involved, as well as having a team building experience for a greater purpose,” said Josh Vance, a WCU junior from Denver and games organizer. “I encourage everyone to sign up at www.tinyurl.com/SamaritiansFeet so we can reach above and beyond our goals for Samaritan’s Feet.”

Lane Perry, director of the Center for Service Learning, said the student committee helping guide the Barefoot Games “deserves a lot of credit for their creativity, energy and steadfastness” to bring about the event. The deadline for team sign-ups is 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 20.

For more information, contact Vance at jlvance2@catamount.wcu.edu.