WashU participated in the 2016 Battle of the Boot along with several higher education institutions in the area. The annual shoe drive competition supports Shoeman Water Projects, a locally owned nonprofit institution that exports shoes to street vendors in developing communities around the world. Funds generated provide well drilling rigs, water purification systems, hand pump repairs, and training programs to bring clean, fresh water to community members.
Over the course of the competition, WashU collected 1,942 pounds of shoes. Thank you to all participating institutions, and congratulations to Saint Louis University for collecting the most! As a result of our combined efforts, a new well will be installed in Isongo, Kenya.
Saint Louis University – 6,829 lbs.
WashU, School of Medicine – 1,068 lbs.
WashU, Danforth and West campuses – 874 lbs.
UMSL – 691 lbs.
Principia College – 257 lbs.
Maryville University – 173 lbs.
Fontbonne University – 167 lbs.