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“Every Kid Deserves Access to Sporting Goods, Regardless of Affordability”
During this trip I promised 2 teenagers in this hard hit village, I’d get a couple basket balls shipped to them. I stopped to play basketball with them, on a dirt driveway which had a portable rim that would break every 5 shots or so.
At that moment I noticed they were using a soccer ball to play basketball. I quickly realized it was one if not the only sporting good in the whole village. Soon after keeping my promise, I start a fundraising campaign to get sporting goods to the youth of Puerto Rico. After raising the first allotment of funds, I soon realized it was extremely expensive to ship supplies to Puerto Rico (for many reasons including the Jones Act). So I decided to get FUNDS to a church organization in PR thru some of my contacts in Convoy of Hope.
With that said, I made a decision to get the acquired sporting goods to local kids here in CNY; and Youth S’portstock was unexpectedly born and has become a bit more involved than I planned (Being that I’ve been a full time single father, who works a full time job and just married the absolute love of my life on May 4,2019.
But when I see the smiles on these kids faces when they get sporting goods in their hands (especially NEW), it inspires me to keep going. And God gives me the strength to persevere.
I remember being that kid at home who used things from balled up socks with duck tape to substitute having an actual football… to using the “No Parking” sign on the street as the basket that counted as 1 point when ever one would hit the sign with whatever ball we had access to at the time.
Our only access to somewhat appropriate sporting goods were at youth organizations or school. And even then, there either weren’t enough for all of the kids to enjoy, or the sporting goods were so worn/outdated they were rendered useless. How can I stop now?!
Congratulations Sam & Jamie
May 4, 2019
Only 6 US States
48% of High Schools
28% of kids aged 6-12
1/3 of the nation’s youth
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