Running Shoes for African Boys & Girls


Track and Cross Country Coaches!

Join former Iowa State Track Coach, Bill Bergan and Championship Productions in Providing RUNNING SHOES & SPIKES for AFRICAN Boys & Girls

Former Iowa State 2-Time Olympic Bronze Medalist, Sunday Uti and his wife have formed an organization to provide track shoes to the youth of Africa, beginning with his native country, Nigeria.

Said Uti: "It is rare that any athletes at the high school and junior high school level ever have any type of running shoes. They run barefoot on cinder tracks, uncared-for dirt and grass surfaces and are prone to disease, injury, and infection."

Coaches: Now and in the months and years ahead, collect used Spikes and running flats from your athletes and send to:

Shoes for Africa
111 Rolynn Drive
Nashville, TN 37210

(Athletes and parents are welcome to send shoes directly to the above address.)

Sunday Uti

Sunday Uti was not only one of the best track athletes in the nation during his time at ISU; he was one of the best in the world. Uti, a native of Lagos, Nigeria, earned All-America honors eight times during his career while establishing himself as one of the top-rated 400-meter runners in the world.

In 1983, Uti finished second in the 400 meters at both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships. He followed that season by leading ISU to a second place team finish and earned the meet's MVP award. Uti was also a member of ISU's 4x400-meter relay team that ran 3:01.17 at the 1985 NCAA Championship. His split was 44.3.

Uti ran in three Olympic Games ('80, '84, '88) winning 2 bronze medals in the 4 x 400M relay and individually placing sixth at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. He holds Conference and Iowa Intercollegiate records at 44.83.