"Kickin' Cancer" Shoes Ready to be Auctioned Off Again

March 17, 2011


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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami head women’s basketball coach Katie Meier participated in “Kickin’ Cancer” by wearing custom designed shoes to raise breast cancer awareness and proceeds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund earlier this season.

Fans had chance to own Meier’s one-of-a-kind shoes by bidding on them during an online auction at HurricaneSports.com.  The winning bid went to Hurricane fan, Jeffrey Hess, who closed the auction with a donation of $2,010 to benefit cancer research. 

In an effort to raise additional dollars for the fund, Meier matched Hess’ donation, but the giving didn’t stop there.  Hess has donated the shoes back the University of Miami to continue fundraising for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the shoes will be auctioned off once again.

The online auction is open now and will close at 4 p.m. on March 24.  The proceeds from the winner’s bid will be added to the $4,020 already raised by the shoes benefitting the cancer fund. 

The shoes, worn on the road at UNC and at Boston College and at the Hurricanes’ PinkZone game versus Wake Forest at home on Feb. 21, are a men’s size 10.5, Nike Air Force Ones. The custom design is compliments of artist Tina Mullen from Gainesville, Fla.

Select coaches from around the country – including LSU’s Van Chancellor, Oklahoma’s Sherri Coale, Florida’s Amanda Butler, Kentucky’s Matthew Mitchell and North Carolina’s Sylvia Hatchell – participated in the “Kickin’ Cancer” initiative as well.

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