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Physicians Andy Harcourt and Michael Chamblee display some of the 2,383 pairs of shoes collected during the 2018 Many More Miles Campaign.

Hundreds of people in Mobile and Baldwin counties set a record while donating gently used shoes to Baldwin Bone & Joint’s 15th annual Many More Miles Campaign. The group, primarily consisting of students and teachers, turned in 2,383 pairs of shoes that will find new life.

Baldwin Bone & Joint, the Port City Pacers, McCoy Outdoor Co., physician Glenn Glass and the University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center came together to collect shoes for the homeless outreach programs of Wings of Life, Discovery Ministries and the Salvation Army Running Forward program. The campaign began in January and concluded with the Azalea Trail Run.

Students along the Alabama Gulf Coast were challenged to collect shoes while earning money for their schools’ physical education programs. Baldwin Bone & Joint awarded cash prizes to the top three schools donating the most shoes. Fairhope Intermediate collected 600 pairs to win first place ($300). Rockwell Elementary in Spanish Fort took second place ($200), while Mary B. Austin Elementary in Mobile took third prize ($100).

Of all the shoes collected, the students and teachers donated 2,120 pairs. Other schools contributing to this year’s campaign included Spanish Fort Elementary, Foley Intermediate School, Stapleton Elementary and W.J. Carroll in Baldwin County, along with Dixon Elementary and Leinkauf Elementary in Mobile County.

Although the campaign has ended, used running shoes for the homeless may be donated year-round at McCoy Outdoor Co. on Springhill Avenue in Mobile. For more information and to learn more about Many More Miles, call 251-656-3843.

Croom added to L’Arche Football Preview

Sylvester Croom, the former Mississippi State head coach and a longtime NFL assistant, has been added to the list of featured speakers for the 24th annual DEX Imaging/Reese’s Senior Bowl Football Preview. The event, which benefits L’Arche Mobile, is set for Thursday, May 31, at the USA Mitchell Center.

Croom left The University of Alabama football staff to become the first African-American head coach in the Southeastern Conference at MSU. Aside from coaching the Bulldogs from 2004-08, Croom spent nearly 25 years as an assistant coach in the NFL with eight different clubs.

He will join Trevor Matich of ESPN as well as South Alabama head football coach Steve Campbell, Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, Alabama director of strength and conditioning Scott Cochran, Crimson Tide Sports Network and Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage, SiriusXM College Sports Nation’s Taylor Zarzour and WNSP program director Randy Kennedy.

“L’Arche Mobile is excited about the lineup for the 24th annual football dinner on May 31,” L’Arche Mobile director Marty O’Malley told Lagniappe. “We appreciate the time that our speakers are giving and the faithful support of all our sponsors and guests.”

L’Arche Mobile is a Christian community that shares life with people with intellectual disabilities in a permanent, family-like environment. L’Arche relies on donations and fundraisers for financial support.

The featured guests will discuss the upcoming college football season in the SEC and on the national scene. Doors open for sponsors at 5:30 p.m. and for the general public at 6 p.m. The evening will include a silent auction, dinner and the program of speakers. Single tickets cost $50 and a table of eight is $400.

L’Arche will also recognize three local high school coaches with special honors: the Lefty Anderson Service Through Coaching Award to Steve Mask of St. Paul’s Episcopal, the L’Arche Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award to Clem Richardson of Baker High School and the Chuck Maxime in Memoriam Award, which will be awarded to the family of Glen Yancey, a 2006 inductee in the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame.

The event is presented by Hackbarth Delivery Service, Greene and Phillips, and Aviation Services. For more information, contact O’Malley 251-438-2094 or [email protected]

Alabama State Games coming up

Opening ceremonies for the 36th annual Alabama State Games are set for June 8 at 7 p.m. inside the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. The competition continues through June 10 across Madison County.

In 1983, the first ASG competition took place in Auburn. It featured 600 athletes competing in four different sports. The 30th anniversary ASG showcased more than 6,000 athletes competing in 25 different sports and more than 100 sporting events.

Registration is now open at www.alagames.com. This Olympics-style event is Alabama’s largest annual multi-sport event for youth, adults and those with disabilities.

The sport competitions are open to residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Mobile area has hosted the ASG four times in the past.

The largest number of sports in the history of the games is being offered this summer, with 28 competitions from which to choose. New sports added for 2018 include pickleball, archery 3D, horseshoes, kayak racing, youth tennis, youth triathlon, 3v3 Live Soccer, baton twirling and diving.

Not only can competitors win medals, they can also qualify to represent their state in the State Games of America. The national championship of State Games will take place in Lynchburg, Virginia, from July 31 to Aug. 4, 2019.

For more details about the ASG sports competitions or opening ceremony activities, visit www.alagames.com.

USSA awards 5,000th degree

The United States Sports Academy in Daphne recently awarded its 5,000th degree since 1972 to Lindsey Schroeder, who is using that degree to pursue her dream of teaching and serving in a clinical position at the college level.

Schroeder is an assistant professor and the clinical education coordinator for the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Athletic Training Program within its School of Health and Applied Human Sciences. She recently earned a Doctor of Education degree in sports management with a dual emphasis in sports medicine and sports theory.

She said she is proud to be the first woman in her family to earn a doctorate.

“I was looking for a program that allowed me to continue to practice as an athletic trainer full time, and the Academy did that,” Schroeder said.