When Cliff Omoruyi was growing up in Nigeria, he struggled to find shoes that fit him.
And the shoes he had on wore out quickly because of the amount of basketball he played on the outdoor courts.
It wasn’t an easy situation, and the 6-foot-11 Rutgers center decided he wanted to help others in his home country who might be going through something similar.
Omoruyi this week started a shoe drive at Rutgers to benefit those in need in Nigeria.
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There is a trash can in the lobby of the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center, one that was full on Tuesday afternoon and had to be emptied once already.
“I’m more than likable,” Omoruyi said.
The bin is available for drop offs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily this week through Friday. There will also be one set up at SHI Stadium for the Rutgers football team’s Scarlet-White game on Friday night.
Scarlet Knights coach Steve Pikiell, who donated three sacks.
The Rutgers community responded more than even Omoruyi expected.
“They were great with me,” Omoruyi said. “It shows that everyone supports what we do and everyone supports us. They support everything we do here.
Omoruyi also worked at the gym every day after a brief break.
“I work on everything,” Omoruyi said. “Everyone is working to get better.
Chris Iseman is the author of Rutgers Football Rhythms for the USA TODAY Network-New Jersey. For unlimited access to all Rutgers analytics, news and more, please sign up today and download our app.