From New York to Florida…your giving to Street2Street makes a difference!
by Woody Woodfin
It started out with a fight. It ended up with ice cream – and a confession.
This summer, Alan Jimmy Diaz led the way as Street2Street held three fantastic tournaments for over 100 inner-city kids in the Jacksonville, Florida area. One of the kids who came was Caleb. He lives with his grandmother and has no father figure in his life. After the first tournament, in which Caleb’s team came in second place, he got sentimental with Alan as he revealed how his mother had passed away earlier this year.
What made Caleb’s vulnerability especially amazing was that, earlier that day, Caleb and several other players actually got into a fight on the court. They were mad about what they believed was poor officiating…but a lot of those kids were already angry when they showed up that morning.
Angry that their homes are such a mess. Upset that they’re barely making it. Disillusioned about their futures.
Alan and his team not only cooled things down, but the kids were able to put it aside, respect the referees and each other, and had so much fun that they all went out as a group for ice cream afterward. It was on the way back from that outing that Caleb talked with Alan about his life.
Caleb and many of his friends returned for the next two tournaments – and there were no more conflicts. Instead, when it was all over, all Caleb wanted to know was what Street2Street was going to do next. When Alan told him we might start a 10-week league there, he was thrilled.
You make it possible for us to be there for kids like Caleb and all who participate in our tournaments, leagues, and clinics – in New York and elsewhere – showing them how they can Play, Belong, and Matter, and become champions in the game of life.
We’ll keep doing what we’re doing as you continue to support Street2Street with your faithful donations – and know that through your generosity we will reach our goal to impact 20,000 at-risk kids in 20 urban communities in the United States by the year 2020. Thank you so much!
Our vision by the year 2020 is that Street2Street will impact 20,000 at-risk kids in 20 urban communities in the United States. You’ll make this a reality by becoming a “Team Champion” as a monthly donor to Street2Street at just $25 or more per month.
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