The South Dakota State Men’s basketball team boarded a plane to Haiti Wednesday morning but the trip isn’t about basketball. They’ve teamed up with Samaritan’s Feet to take shoes to those in need in the impoverished nation.
A few of the players actually approached Head Coach Scott Nagy about taking the trip. Senior Brayden Carlson one of them.
“Really we saw coach Nagy doing his work through Samaritan’s Feet, we got interested in it through him. We saw all the good work that he did, response from all the fans, the people around Brookings and all of our friends. We just followed his role and asked him to go to Haiti as part of being a servant with him,” Carlson said.
Each player and coach checked a 50 pound bag of shoes to take with and give away.
Coach Nagy says that the trip very well might be one of the most memorable things his players are able to do during their time at SDSU.
“I mean of all the things that we’ve been involved with, in terms of basketball, I think this will be the most memorable thing we ever do. I think it’s going to give them a great perspective on life. It’s certainly going to give them, you know, a different view of how people around the world live beside the upper Midwest,” Coach Nagy said.
“As exciting as the Summit Tournaments were, the NCAA Tournament, winning the conference, it’s probably not going to be anything like going to Haiti. This is going to change us, it’s going to change us for the rest of our lives so it’s something we’re looking forward to,” Carlson said.
They will be distributing some of the shoes at a basketball ministry where they will also have the opportunity to do a small basketball clinic. However, the main focus of the trip is getting shoes to those in need.