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Coach Loses Laces For A Good Cause

ROGERS --- A high school basketball coach showed off some different kicks tonight. However, he didn't lace up any new shoes. Instead he went barefoot.
ROGERS --- Austin Bivens coaches the boys varsity basketball team at Providence Academy in Rogers. On Tuesday, something was missing from the sidelines.

The coach's shoes.

"I'm a real guy. I don't go and get a pedicure. I'm not going to win any beautiful feet contest tonight," said Bivens.

Coach Bivens went barefoot for the night to educate others about Samaritan's Feet. It's an organization that gives shoes to those who may go without.

"It wasn't an easy choice for me. I'm one of those coaches, as the old saying goes, I won't wash my shirt because I think flys are lucky," he said. "We're in this Walmart bubble, we think everyone's got a lot of money in Northwest Arkansas and there's a lot of poor and hurting people. So, I thought it was good to bring awareness to that for our student athletes."

Graham Gibbs works for the non-profit. He said Tuesday night was more about the coach losing his laces for the night.

"It's nice to give people shoes, but it's more about serving others and humbling ourselves and serving," said Gibbs. "I think he's trying to not only send a message to his players about serving, humility and stuff like that,  but also to the greater audience."

No sneakers on the sidelines to help those in need and teach a lesson at the same time.


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