For the past 18 months or so, I’ve been getting together with a group of guys each Saturday morning to play pick-up basketball. The SCLThoops (South Charlotte hoops) group came together through Twitter and the Charlotte Observer did a great job telling that story last year about this time.
Recently we decided we wanted to take time one weekend to give back to our community. We reached out to Ryan Grammatico from Right Moves For Youth (RMFY) and he presented the idea of assisting RMFY with restoring the West Mecklenburg High School weight room.
Yesterday, 18 guys from SCLThoops worked side-by-side with youth volunteers from RMFY to clean and paint the weight room, reupholster weight benches, clean and paint weight equipment and much more.
If you have watched any of the ESPN Rise Up series, then you have seen what an impact it can make on a school for their school to receive an upfit. Hopefully our efforts allowed the students and athletes at West Meck to feel a sense of ownership and pride in their facility.
Leading up to and during the event, we used the hashtag #SCLThoopsGivesBack on Twitter to generate interest in volunteering with us and talk about the effort.
One of our crew, Ken Buck, put together a quick video capturing our first SCLThoopsGivesBack effort and also took lots of pictures of what we hope will be the first of many times lending a hand to our community.
Please reach out if you’d like to join us in the future for volunteering or just shooting a few hoops…