Skill / Age Level: Born in 2003
I have played since I was 4 but did not travel to other states for showcases and such til 8th grade summer. And I am currently applying to colleges on a athletic as well as academic scholarships thankfully I have been really lucky so far to have alot of help with this process. But could definitely use a little more you will see why down the paragraph. My mom has always kept my sister and I in outside charity work since the age of 5. From raising money for pet adoptions and supplies for the shelter to helping in the local homeless shelters. When we were little she would have us do monthly projects but now that she is a single mom and working so much we have less time with our schedules as well. One of the two biggest events we would attend and organize was going into Harlem every year for Thanksgiving morning into afternoon. WE would hold a donation spot for dropping off beverages (anything from dunkin donut gift cards to water bottles and juice) then we would go there every THanksgiving and help hand these out to over 200 homeless people on the corner. Sit and talk and even have some hot chocolate with the volunteers as well as the people who came to eat. It was definitely a heartwarming experience and a big eye opener to why I am really blessed. Just recently last year she held an event to collect the leftover candy from Halloween so we had to pick it up, box it all up and deliver it to the troops, and later delivered individual care packages to over 30 Hospitals, firehouses and local shelters. There is 2 reasons I mention her , one because if it wasnt for her I don't necessarily know I would have the tools to know how to start these things and two she has instilled the most important thing in her children and that is give back. She is a single mom without a lot of money but makes sure we are provided for yes and always gives whatever she can to help others and I appreciate that I was able to be a part of it all these years. I can see in the future continuing to do this on my own. This is why I am applying for this, so I can give back to my mom.