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Windsor's Joe D'Amore among Canadian coaches going shoeless for good cause

09/15/2011 06:03 EDT | Updated 01/12/2012 02:09 EST
Windsor football coach Joe D'Amore isn't getting cold feet about coaching shoeless this Saturday.

D'Amore is just one of numerous Canadian university coaches who have pledged to go without footwear this weekend for Right to Play, a drive to raise awareness for those who don't have access to sports and proper sporting equipment.

D'Amore's Lancers are set to host McMaster on Saturday with temperatures expected to range from 10 to 19 C.

"It's going to be a unique experience, but it's for a great cause," said D'Amore, who is in his first year with Windsor. "Once the game is going on, with the adrenalin going, I probably won't think twice about it."

Windsor (2-0) is coming off a close 41-40 win over Wilfrid Laurier and is hoping to remain undefeated this season with victory over the No. 3 Marauders (0-1).

D'Amore doesn't anticipate going shoeless to affect his ability to coach Windsor to victory.

"If someone steps on my foot, I'll probably realize I don't have any shoes on," he said. "But I'm not worried about my ability to coach. I'll probably stay away from the players when they're running in and out."

Over 30 universities are participating in the campaign.

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