As part of a service trip to Jamaica, Vanderbilt athletes will be doing their part to help make sure children in need have shoes on their feet.
A group of 20 Commodores athletes are in the Caribbean in association with Soles4Souls, a not-for-profit global social enterprise that has done its part to combat poverty by distributing shoes and clothing.
Of those Vandy athletes making the trip are linebackers Emmanuel Smith (a senior) and Josh Smith (a junior), brothers who are expected to fill the shoes of departed star Zach Cunningham.
The school made the announcement on Monday and shared photos on Twitter as the group arrived in Jamaica on Sunday. They’ll be there through next week.
— Vanderbilt Athletics (@vucommodores) May 15, 2017
Since 2006, Soles4Souls has an impressive track record of living up to its name. It’s collected and distributed 30 million pairs of new shoes in 127 countries around the globe, including all 50 states in the U.S.
Making up the rest of the Commodores’ crew are six members of the swimming team, three from both lacrosse and soccer along with two each from bowling, golf and women’s basketball. You can see the full list of athletes here on the school’s official site.
— Vanderbilt Athletics (@vucommodores) May 14, 2017