The logic is simple. North Greenville University athletes compete in athletic shoes. The shoes get worn. Then, the seasons end. The following year, athletes get new shoes. Finally, the slightly worn shoes are being donated to the United Ministries Shoe Donation Project. A project coordinated by Crusader head baseball coach Travis Henson and Community Outreach Director Reggie Reynolds.Crusader Athletics has created this worthwhile mission project to share athletic shoes with young athletes throughout the Greenville/Spartanburg area who may not be able to afford a new pair.
The shoe donation project is a part of the kickoff to NGU’s new student-athlete mission emphasis program. The purpose of the program is to promote and ensure a greater community connection through ministry service and mission opportunities for all teams in our athletic program.
“We have a desire as individual athletes, coaches, and teams to serve God and community allowing us to maximize our impact and influence,” says Henson. “The program is called “127.COM” … Stemming from James 1:27 which is summarized as “Pure religion is helping others and reaching out to those in need.” The COM represents “Crusaders On Mission.” All of the shoes collected in the project go to United Ministries in downtown Greenville. United Ministries is an organization that seeks to meet needs in inner city Greenville by supplying food, clothing, and other necessities. Shoes are always in great demand and the supply was low – particularly for large sizes of athletic shoes. Shoes of all types and sizes are needed and are continuing to be collected.