Just after school let out, Anthony and his brother noticed that a new family had moved into the neighborhood. Two young boys were often outside, but had almost no toys — an old basketball was one of the few things they saw. Eventually, he and his brother approached the children and asked them why they weren’t playing with toys. They told Anthony that they didn’t have any.
This struck a chord with Anthony. He and his brother knew they were going to get the boys something. But what? And how? They considered a scooter, but those are expensive and boys would have to take turns. To make the most impact, an activity that they could do with friends would be the best investment. They landed on a simple basketball hoop.
Over the next couple of months, they pooled their spare money and spoke with neighbors who donated to the cause. Then in August, Anthony purchased a hoop and placed it outside their home.
“They are out there ALL THE TIME. I’ve even had to replace the net a couple times!,” laughed Anthony.
All said and done, with the neighborhood coming together to help, Anthony and his brother were able to raise 150 dollars. And it wasn’t recognition they were looking for; they just wanted to make a difference. “We left the hoop there for a week without saying where it came from. Then, I finally knocked on the door to tell them, and to give them a new ball.” They’ve been great friends ever since.
“This was a community project. It feels good to know that with a small effort, you can make such a big impact. The smiles on their faces say it all,” said Anthony.