NBA players wash feet, give shoes to local kids

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The NBA made a pit-stop in the Queen City on Tuesday passing out shoes to underprivileged children.

Before they lace up for preseason action on Wednesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers arrived in Cincinnati on Tuesday to team up with humanitarian aid organization, Samaritan's Feet.

Carrick Felix, Sergey Karasev, DeSagana Diop, Henry Sims, Jermaine Taylor, Elliot Williams and a few other members of the Cavs traveling party brought their helping hands to help wash the feet of 160 local under-served children before placing a new pair of socks and shoes on each child.

"I really just put myself in their shoes and imagined how I would have felt when I was their age if NBA players washed my feet," said Jermaine Taylor, shooting guard for the Cavaliers. "You know coming in, talking to them and getting free shoes – They are our future and it's good to be here."

The Samaritan's Feet event is part of the 2013 NBA Cares Week, running through October 27, where NBA teams and players participate in events and activities in an effort to give back to their communities in the areas of education, health and wellness and hands-on service.

Through NBA Cares, which is entering its ninth NBA season, the league and its teams and players have donated more than $205 million to charity, completed more than 2.1 million hours of community service, and created more than 750 places where kids and families can live, learn or play.

The NBA's goal is to provide 10 million pairs of shoes for children in the next ten years.

Copyright 2013 WXIX. All rights reserved.