The Powers Catholic High School Men’s Varsity Basketball team will present Whaley Children’s Center with a basketball rim and backboard as well as a monetary donation this Friday, April 19 at 6:15 p.m. at Whaley Children’s Center, 1201 N. Grand Traverse.
The boys compiled their own funds for this donation and have specified that both the basketball hoop and the money be given to Whaley’s all male Kiwanis home.
In addition to three cottages on Whaley’s main campus, children also live in four group homes throughout the city of Flint. Each is sponsored by a civic group—Kiwanis, Optimist, Rotary and Zonta.
“This is an impromptu gesture by the boys on the basketball team,” Tod Sorenson, Mt. Morris Kiwanis member and Whaley employee, said. “They just wanted to do something nice for the boys at Kiwanis.”
This is the first fundraiser the team has done for Whaley Children’s Center, but Sorenson believes this relationship could be beneficial to Whaley, Kiwanis and Powers Catholic.
“Although this is the Powers Men’s basketball team’s first project with Whaley, I would hope we could continue to grow this partnership,” Sorenson said. “We are always looking to connect with groups that have the common interest of helping our children recover from the severe trauma they have experienced.”
Katrina Khouri, Director of Development of Whaley Children’s Center, is thrilled about this donation.
“The children at the Kiwanis house will be excited to have a new basketball hoop, but they will also love the chance to spend time with the boys from the team,” Khouri said. “It is definitely important for them to interact with community members who can be positive influences in their lives.”
Whaley Children’s Center is an independent, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1926 that provides residential child care services to children age 5- 17 years old who have suffered chronic and profound abuse and neglect. The services provided to children and families include residential treatment, group homes, and family counseling and aftercare service. To learn more about Whaley Children’s Center, visit www.whaleychildren.org.