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Thank you from the Jumpball family

| Friday, March 18, 2016

To all the Bookstore Basketball participants and volunteers, we want to let you have a made a huge difference to the boys and girls in Jamaica and Haiti that took part in Jumpball. Last year, over 600 boys and girls were able to take part in a series of free basketball clinics. Most of the participants are from impoverished communities where there are few organized activities for kids to take part in.

In places where there are no handouts and few activities for children, Jumpball, the organization we founded and have run for over the past 20 years, provides for children to learn life skills through sports: self-esteem, teamwork, dedication, sportsmanship, camaraderie and of course the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of basketballs.

Something as simple as a day of fun on the basketball court really does make a difference. Whether it is simply a day of fun and bonding with other boys and girls or if it is an experience that changes the course of their life, Jumpball has an impact. And therefore — you all have an impact — thanks to your generous donations. You truly do play so they can play.

The Jumpball “family” is a real thing. It is alive and well in Haiti and Jamaica and it is certainly alive in South Bend. As two ND grads, our bond with the University has strengthened through the participation between Bookstore and Jumpball over the years. We have never been prouder of our alma mater and we are reminded of that every year thanks to your selflessness.

Thanks everyone for helping to make a difference beyond the basketball court — have a fantastic tournament!

 

Bill Maloney

class of 1995

 

Chad Sutcliffe

class of 1995

Feb. 29

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