With school in full swing and students anxious about their sports programs starting up again, Jackie, Mike, Connie and Geno had the privilege of meeting with Wendell Waukau, Superintendent of the Menominee Indian School District in Keshena, WI, and presenting him with a $1,000.00 donation from the Joshua J. Richards Foundation to the Menominee “Hoops” Youth Basketball Program. Last year two dedicated Dads and an equally enthusiastic Grandfather started a youth basketball program for boys in grades 3, 4 and 5. “Hoops” is a parent driven, youth-focused program which provides excellent family engagement while instilling rules,raising expectations and enhancing relationships.
This year “Hoops” is planning to extend its program to include sixth grade students, as well as initiate a girls youth program. Practice began this week for the league that starts in November and ends in December. Funds will be used to pay league and tournament fees, and purchase additional uniforms and equipment. After meeting with Wendell and learning about the Menominee “Hoops” Youth Basketball Program, it’s easy to see why he was dubbed the “Champion of Change” and honored at the White House … “Hoops” is an encouraging and remarkable reflection of the kids, their parents, and the community.