Not sure what to do with the pile of athletic shoes that your kids have outgrown or aren’t of use to you anymore? Three Durham Academy Upper Schoolers have just the solution: bring them along to an upcoming DA basketball game, and make a difference in the lives of Rwandan youths.
The leaders of the Upper School Sports Exchange Club — junior Charlie Mendys and sophomores Michael Jaffe and Michael Savarino, all of whom play basketball at DA — will hold a shoe drive for Shooting Touch on the evening of the Ravenscroft School games on Friday, Jan. 27, and the Raleigh Hawks games on Thursday, Feb. 3. Games will be held in Kirby Gym on both game nights.
Shooting Touch is a nonprofit that works to provide basketball clinics and health education to communities in Rwanda. Shooting Touch’s mission is to use the power of basketball to educate and empower young people around the world. Their programs use a curriculum designed to teach youths the fundamentals of basketball, while also providing vital health education for an active lifestyle free from disease today, and the skills and trajectory for success in the future.
Mendys’ older brother, Charlie, is now serving as a Shooting Touch fellow, and the Mendys family will travel to Rwanda over spring break — ideally bringing along suitcases full of donated shoes.
Athletic shoes of all sizes are needed. Bins will be available in Kirby Gym from Jan. 27 to Feb. 3, so if you cannot make it to one of the games but would like to contribute, just look for the bins to the left of the court as you walk in.