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Vanderbilt players helping to distribute shoes in Jamaica

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Two Vanderbilt football players are starting their summer on the right foot, making the daily walk a little easier for Jamaican children in need.

Linebackers Emmanuel Smith and Josh Smith are part of a delegation of 20 Vanderbilt athletes participating in a service trip to Jamaica in connection with Soles4Souls, the university announced.

In Jamaica, the athletes will visit schools and distribute shoes to children. The group arrived in Jamaica on Sunday and will remain in the Caribbean for the following week.

The school posted photos Monday morning of their arrival.

The Soles4Souls organization, which began in 2006, has distributed an estimated 30 million pairs of new shoes in more than 120 countries.

Emmanuel Smith, a senior, and Josh Smith, a junior, are brothers originally from Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Oakland. Both are expected to have increased roles this season following the exit of star linebacker Zach Cunningham to the NFL.

Other Vanderbilt athletes on the trip include six members of the swimming team, three each from lacrosse and soccer and two each from bowling, golf and women’s basketball.

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