The Cuthbertson High School men’s basketball team hosted Weddington on Tuesday night – and, for coaches, shoes were not mandatory.
It’s not Woodstock and it’s not a new-age hippie movement. Coaches were coaching barefoot to raise money for Samaritan’s Feet.
The non-profit provides shoes to those in need around the world.
This is the fourth-consecutive year that head coach Mike Helms has organized the event – and he’s even been able to convince opposing coaches to get footloose and fancy-free.
"They ask me if I still like them, but these guys are good sports and they know it's for a good cause,” Helms said.
The women’s coaches got in on the action, too – much to the teasing-joy of students and players.
"They tell me I need to cut my toenails, that I need to wash my feet,” women’s coach Joel Allen said. “That I need to work on the sock-line, the tan-line...all of that stuff."
Students purchased dollar cutouts of feet to hang throughout the school – with 100 percent of proceeds going to the charity.
Samaritan’s Feet helped provide over one million pairs of shoes in 2013.
"(In some countries), a lot of times if you don't have shoes you get denied education as well,” Helms said. “So it's not only cleanliness and a health issue, but education.
"There are 3-billion people that are below the poverty level and this gives us a way to be a small piece and give back."