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May 4, 2012 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Chicago Sky News Release

CHICAGO, May 4, 2012 - The Chicago Sky, its Foundation - Sky Cares and the Chicago Sky Legacy Partners will join Samaritan's Feet to provide one thousand new pairs of shoes for children in need at Lafollette Park in Chicago's Austin community on Friday, May 11 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. Dedicated to providing children in need with new athletic shoes and socks, Samaritan's Feet strives to instill both shoe recipients and volunteers with a life changing message of hope and respect for all people.

During the "Shoes of Hope" event, Sky players, coaches and staff will wash the feet and then provide shoes for over one thousand underprivileged children who were pre-identified and selected by Building a Healthier Austin to participate in the event. Part of WNBA Cares Week of Service, this event enforces not only the Chicago Sky's, but the entire WNBA's mission of helping to improve the quality of life for all people, with a special emphasis on promoting health and fitness.

"To know that one thousand Chicago children will be directly impacted and have the footwear they need for protection, school and play because of 'Shoes of Hope' is a true inspiration to our team," noted Chicago Sky General Manager and Head Coach Pokey Chatman. "The Chicago Sky and our Foundation, Sky Cares is honored to be working with Samaritan's Feet and to be participating in such an influential program."

One in five children in the United States lives in poverty and their prospects for superior performance and success in higher education are endangered by circumstance. This is an unnecessary reality in the United States and why Samaritan's Feet and The Chicago Sky are working together to empower the underprivileged with the basic necessities of new shoes and socks.

"We are profoundly grateful for the Chicago Sky's partnership in this exciting Samaritan's Feet 'Shoes of Hope project'. It's a pleasure to partner with them to serve our neighbors in the Chicago community," noted Samaritan's Feet Founder Emmanuel "Manny" Ohonme. "This is a great opportunity to provide hope and physical support to those who are struggling financially and we're honored to work side by side with the Chicago Sky to make a difference in people's lives."

"The Chicago Sky would like to thank its Legacy Partners for their generosity and commitment to community programs, said Erika Swilley, President of Sky Cares. "Through the Legacy Partner program, the Sky Cares Foundation can now make a greater impact on Chicago's youth by organizing and participating in 'Shoes of Hope' and other influential programs."

Lafollette Park is located at 1333 N. Laramie Ave., Chicago, IL 60651. For more information or to volunteer for the event call: 312-994-5982.

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