HOOPS for HAITI
Hello Friends & Family,
My name is Jesse Goodman and reaching out to you because you are either my family or a friend of mine or of my parents, Jennifer & Ian Goodman. I am 16 years old and a sophomore in high school at Dwight Englewood. I’m asking for your support with my community service project, HOOPS FOR HAITI.
I’m excited to share with you that my family and I will be traveling to Haiti in May to support my continuous efforts and dedication to the Clean Hands for Haiti (CLH) project. The five of us will join CLH on their annual trip to volunteer, explore, learn, teach, and get to know the children that we have impacted by sending them to school to get the education they deserve.
Let me explain to give you a little more background...
My former basketball coach and mentor, Ray Abellard, had a mission and started up a project called CLH several years ago and have been involved since the beginning. Ray, who is Haitian himself, inspired me as he explained to me about the lack of education and how children suffer in Haiti. CLH is under the umbrella of A&M Sports Academy (AM) which a non for profit 501((c)3 organization which supports young children living in poverty through health, social and educational services as well as sports. The website links are below to learn more.
Since meeting Ray, several times a year my family has donated our old clothes, shoes, books, and toys to CLH to distribute among children. In addition, each member of my family sponsored a child to go to school providing tuition, school uniform, and school supplies. With the help of Ray, I have been able to follow their progress in school by receiving pictures of the children holding their report cards. I also receive frequent pictures of the kids in the clothes and sneakers I have donated over the years.
For my Bar Mitzvah project, a few years ago, I ran a race with Ray and asked for sponsors to raise money for CLH. With the money I raised (thanks to many of you!), the organization was able to build a community center with blackboards and desks, which became the foundation of CLH. The money I raised also helped hire a licensed teacher and send nine more kids to school.
For me to travel to Haiti and take part in this opportunity, I need to make a contribution and help provide specific supplies in need. I know it would be more meaningful and potentially have a greater impact if I were able to include my friends and family. Therefore, I have decided to plan a fundraiser and call it HOOPS for HAITI to help raise money and further contribute to Clean Hands for Haiti’s mission, to provide educational scholarships and basic social and medical services for children and their families.
HOW YOU CAN HELP ME HELP THEM:
PLEASE JOIN US to participate in HOOPS for HAITI which will include a FAMILY HOOP-A-THON & BASKETBALL GAME. Come out with your family to help support the CLH project. Please consider Giving Back by shooting HOOPS and collecting pledges for Layups, Free Throws, and 3 Pointers for a great cause. Then stay to cheer on or participate in a Family Basketball game.
HOOPS for HAITI:
- DATE: APRIL 22nd
- TIME: 1-3pm
- WHERE: Gym @ William J.O’Shea School Gym: 100 West 77th Street
RSVP to HOOPS FOR HAITI , April 22nd, in the comments below or by replying to my email.
If you are unable to attend, please consider still making a donation to support my fundraising efforts. I would be very grateful and No Donation is too small.
See the attached PLEDGE SHEET in my email to start requesting sponsors for the Hoop-A-Thon. The more pledges you collect as a family the more your baskets will make a difference in the Lives of Children in Haiti.
Clean Hands for Haiti is also encouraging and promoting a “dress for success” approach for all the children it supports, both in Haiti and New York. For that reason, CLH is collecting ties. On April 22nd, please consider bringing in 2 ties to help CLH make a difference!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!