Courtesy Maryland Athletics.


A bunch of Maryland student-athletes were stationed inside Gate A of the Comcast Center on Sunday afternoon. They were there to solicit $10 donations for Samaritan’s Feet, an organization with a goal of passing out 10 million pairs of shoes to 10 million people in 10 years.

To drive home the point, the athletes — including volleyball outside hitter Mary Cushman, field hockey players Lindsey Puckett and Janessa Pope, and volleyball libero Sarah Harper — went barefoot to the game, painting their feet gold and/or white. Puckett and Pope — pictured in the middle of this photo — are both part of the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee executive board, and helped make the fundraiser happen.

Anyhow, the school wondered if I’d want to write something about the effort, and I was kind of not really sure what the angle would be. But then Scott Van Pelt wondered by and posed for a photo with the gold-feeted athletes. Somehow, I managed to wind up in the background of the image, apparently staring off into the distance and wondering what should be my next move at the game, and in life.

So that seemed like a good enough peg for an item about Maryland student-athletes helping raise money for Samaritan’s Feet.

By the way, watching Scott Van Pelt try to walk to his seats at Comcast Center is quite an experience. He’s more than a little bit popular in that building.