I had the privileged of meeting with Haile Gebreslassie at his office in Addis Ababa to discuss Shoes for Sheba. He was incredibly kind and supportive of my cause. It was amazing to see him again. I've included a picture of Haile and myself from seven years ago, it's crazy to see how much has changed!
Ethiopia 2011 Addis Ababa Shoe Distribution
A few days after arriving, I distributed shoes to a local club in Addis Ababa. They were all such sweet kids and thrilled with their new shoes!
Ethiopia 2011 Amhara Shoe Distribution
I also distributed shoes to a representative from the Amhara Sports Federation. Unfortunately, the team was away training and could not be there but it was great to see the shoes getting into the right hands.
Ethiopia 2011 Bekoji Shoe Distribution
Distributing shoes to the Oromia development team in Bekoji was one of my favorite parts of my trip. The day began with a quick workout with the team before the shoe ceremony began. After handing out all the shoes, we went back to the camp where they live for a tour and question and answer session.
Ethiopia 2011 Haile Gebreslassie Shoe Distribution
After showing his support for Shoes for Sheba, Haile Gebreslassie arranged for a shoe distribution to a local club in Addis Ababa and served as the master of ceremonies. It was an honor to have him at the ceremony and take time out of his busy schedule to support Shoes for Sheba.