PHILADELPHIA - In a shared effort to help those in need on the devastation-ridden island of Haiti, the University of Pennsylvania men's and women's basketball teams will be collecting shoes for Penn's Hoops for Haiti initiative on Monday night. Fans are encouraged to bring an old pair of shoes to Monday's Penn-Saint Joseph's men's basketball game to be donated to those in need in Haiti. Tip off at The Palestra is at 7 p.m. and the gates open at 6 p.m.
Penn men's head basketball coach Jerome Allen initiated the Hoops for Haiti program and, with the help of his team, has already begun collecting shoes for the cause.
Penn women's head basketball coach Mike McLaughlin and his team will join in the effort to help. The women's squad will be at the main entrance of the men's Big 5 finale to collect shoes from those willing to donate an old pair.
"When Jerome came up with this concept we asked if we could help in any way," McLaughlin said. "This cause is so important to a lot of people who are in great need, and to be able give back to is the least we can do. This is an opportunity for our team to realize how truly fortunate we are, and it gives them an understanding that when people are in need, we have a responsibility to help them. We just want to help in any way possible."
For those unable to attend the game, donations will always be accepted at the Dunning Coaches' Center at 235 South 33rd Street.