New Basketball Jerseys for Ryves Youth Center – Odwalla Game Day Challenge Success!

by on April 30, 2012 in Personal Experiences

Last Wednesday I had the fun job of delivering my Odwalla Champions For Kids Game Day Challenge donations to the Ryves Youth Center at Etling Hall! You might remember that I previously shopped for fun activity items that would encourage play and exercise for some of the children at the center.

The Game Day Challenge focused on encouraging young people to get healthy and stay healthy by playing sports, being active and playing outside.

Click here to download a Champions for Kids SIMPLE Service Project fact sheet with more information about the Game Day Challenge!

Here are the items I sent them to share with some of the kids at the center. I tried to pick out items that could be played with indoors as well as outdoors, and also by multiple children at a time.

Click here to see my Google+ Photo Album of the whole shopping trip!

In addition to these items, I also contacted a local business about donating new jerseys for the basketball teams that play at Ryves Youth Center. The center does not have a lot of yard and outside play space, but they do have a thriving basketball league within the center.

They currently have two leagues. One plays on Tuesdays and one on Thursdays. The Tuesday league is for boys and girls between 12 years and 17 years old, and the Thursday league is also coed and is for kids ages 10 years to 14 years of age.

Bagnoche Sports, here in Terre Haute, did a wonderful job of assisting me with this project, and donated FORTY jerseys. The jerseys came in four different colors to outfit the four different teams. Some of the jerseys are considered “misprints” and have different names on them, but they still provide a unified look for the teams.

You might notice some jugs of Odwalla juice in the jersey collage above. In my original shopping trip for the Game Day Challenge I only found the small, individual serving sizes of juice. By donation day I was able to locate half-gallon size Odwalla orange juice, so I took a jug for a each team to enjoy.

My family likes to be involved in these service projects, and my daughter not only helped me shop for fun items to donate, but she also helped model one of the jerseys and some of the juice!

The Director of Ryves Youth Center was kind enough to send me some pictures of the teams opening my box of jerseys and trying them on! Their old jerseys were pretty worn out, so hopefully these new ones can get some good use, too!

I really had a lot of fun with this service project. Every month Champions for Kids has a new project that you can get involved with, and I feel privileged to have helped with this one and the last one.

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Also, if you do a SIMPLE Service Project like this, be sure to report it here!!

I am thrilled to be able to participate in the Champions for Kids SIMPLE Service projects, and hope you will join me in giving back to kids in your community! I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™. #CBias #SocialFabric #OdwallaCFK

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