Panthers' Wide Receiver Steve Smith's pregame ritual is a far cry from his full-time gig on the field. He spent his Saturday in the Bay area rolling up his sleeves for the home team's less fortunate.
Smith volunteers for Samaritan's Feet, a nonprofit organization that provides foot rubs and a pair of shoes to the homeless. Saturday afternoon he took that mission to Clearwater's Metropolitan Ministries.
"This is an opportunity for me to give back, to serve," said the Panthers' All-Pro WR. "And really for me, open the next chapter of my life."
Approximately 650 pairs of shoes were distributed on Saturday. Organizers of the event say the footwear was not just a gift of comfort but a gift of hope as well.
"A lot of these people are coming from the streets. A lot are ex-military coming from overseas," explained Scott Bedrosian of Metropolitan Ministries. "You've got some young people here. You've got people who've lost jobs. They've been beat up; they're down and they're out and no one believes in them. But we do."
How Smitty Spent His Saturday
Posted 09 September 2012 - 12:13 AM
Posted 09 September 2012 - 12:33 AM
dude is setting the example (or following it.)
Posted 09 September 2012 - 01:49 AM
I've said for a long time that his being a family man is what's kept him from being another Chad Johnson or Terrell Owens. And I still believe that.
Kudos to him for the work he's doing here.
And here's to the next outbreak of octoninophobia (hopefully about 4:25 Eastern Time today).
Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:35 AM
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