ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – IUPUI coach Ron Hunter has
been selected to receive the Good Guy Award from the U.S.
Basketball Writers Association for his efforts to bring attention
to the plight of millions of children around the world who are in
need of shoes.
Hunter will be honored at the USBWA's annual college basketball
awards breakfast on Friday, April 2, at The Columbia Club during
this year's NCAA Men's Final Four in Indianapolis.
At the breakfast, the USBWA will also present the Oscar Robertson
Trophy to the national player of the year and the Henry Iba Award
to the coach of the year.
Hunter began an association in 2008 with the Samaritan's Feet
organization whose mission is to provide shoes to needy youth worldwide.
Hunter gained national attention when he coached his IUPUI team
that year in a game in bare feet.
College as well as some professional and high school coaches
began to take up the cause and decided to go barefoot also in games
during the season.
The result was that in two years, nearly one million pairs of
shoes were donated to children across the globe. Hunter and his
basketball team personally delivered shoes to youth in Peru in 2008,
and they plan to travel to South Africa this May to deliver more
He hopes to deliver around 1,000 pairs of shoes to Indiana youth
prior to the Final Four.
"Ron Hunter exemplifies everything that the Good Guy Award is
all about," said USBWA President Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
"As a coach, he reflects honor on the sport of college basketball
for the contributions he is making to society. We are proud to honor
Hunter has coached at IUPUI for 16 years and has over 250 career
wins, the most in school history.
Previous Good Guy Award winners include Michigan State's Tom
Izzo last year and retired coaches Gene Keady of Purdue and Tom
Brennan of Vermont.
Tickets for the April 2 breakfast are available on-line at usbwa.com
or by calling 317-456-2345.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential
organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America
team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA
and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch