Phoenix Mercury center and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner has teamed up with Phoenix Rescue Mission to host “BG’s Heart and Sole Shoe Drive” on Friday, August 26 during the Mercury-Wings matchup, and Saturday, August 27 during her appearance at the IASIS Healthcare Multi Specialty Clinic.
After noticing that many of the homeless across the Valley are without shoes, Griner wanted to do something to help.
“I would wake up every day, and put on a pair of shoes, never thinking about what it would be like to go without,” said Griner. “After seeing people walking the streets of Phoenix, without anything on their feet, I knew I had to do something to help. With the support of my team and the X-Factor, the best fans in the WNBA, I am confident that together we will be able to make a difference and help those in need.”
All shoes collected on Friday and Saturday will be donated to Phoenix Rescue Mission. Fans who donate will also be entered to win autographed Brittney Griner merchandise. Griner will join Phoenix Rescue Mission to deliver the shoes personally to the men and women in need early in September.
Times and locations for each shoe drive are listed below:
Friday, August 26
Phoenix Mercury vs Dallas Wings
Saturday, August 27
Brittney Griner autograph appearance
Fans are encouraged to bring new and gently used shoes of all sizes. Donation bins will be located in the Casino Arizona Pavilion inside Talking Stick Resort Arena on Friday, August 26, and at X-Factor Court located by section 101 on Saturday, August 27.