SOURCE: Soles4Souls Inc.

January 19, 2007 15:20 ET

Manny Mota and Soles4Souls Team Up to Deliver Shoes to the Dominican Republic

NASHVILLE, TN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 19, 2007 -- Soles4Souls Inc., the international charity dedicated to providing free footwear to needy people around the world, announced that the first shipment of donated shoes is in transit to the Dominican Republic and Colombia. Manny Mota, Hall of Fame baseball player and current coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is helping coordinate the footwear delivery.

"This is a remarkable partnership with a highly respected person, both here in the U.S. and in the Dominican Republic," said Paul Wilson, President of Soles4Souls. "We are excited that Manny Mota is assisting us with getting our shoes on the feet of people who need them most."

Mota is distributing the shoes within the El Tamarindo area of Santo Domingo. The footwear will help round out the efforts of The Manny Mota Foundation to provide food, medical, dental and vision care for people in the Dominican Republic.

Soles4Souls is also working with two other baseball stars in the region: Raul Mondesi and Orlando Cabrera, who will also receive a container worth of free footwear to distribute as needed in their home countries. Each container can hold between 15,000 and 20,000 pairs of shoes.

In all, Soles4Souls is donating nearly 60,000 pairs of shoes to help the hurting people in the region. The shoes are scheduled to arrive prior to spring training for first-hand distribution by the players. The shipments include men's, women's, and children's shoes in the form of athletic, casual, dress, sandals, flip-flops, and even baseball cleats for children that participate in the baseball clinics run by Mota and Cabrera.

About Soles4Soles

Nashville-based Soles4Souls™ facilitates the donations of shoes, which will be used to aid the hurting worldwide. Shoe companies, retailers, and individuals can donate footwear (both new and used). Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit or call (888) 840-7074.

Contact Information

    Chris Carmichael
    Director of Communications