“I grew up playing on these courts,” Ansel said with a smile. “We’re gonna be running a summer league here. We’ll have a summer league starting back up. I remember playing in the summer league – we won the championship, probably in 2005. That league is now dissolved and we’re trying to get it started and bring some good to the courts.” Basketball was finally back in Oreland. A2S helps improve the lives of thousands annually through its programs and aims to give Nigerian children hope.
“So we’re just trying to help a little bit. Fifty dollars can put a kid through their summer camp. So we’re trying to raise as much as possible to help the kids and their programs.” “He grew up there playing basketball on wood without shoes,” said Ryan Ansel, a friend of Lovedale and fellow Davidson alumnus, and one of the event organizers Saturday. “And so once he graduated, he started collecting shoes and bringing them back to Nigeria. And that’s how it all started. And now it’s a whole foundation that builds churches, schools, gyms, basketball courts…
Large cardboard boxes began to fill up courtside, packed with donated sneakers. At least four dozen kids competed in the tournament, held under sunny skies and filling a huge void left by the days of the pandemic. The Access2Success Foundation, through its basketball and empowerment camps, works to improve the lives of Nigerian children. A2S was founded by Andrew Lovedale, who was born and raised in Nigeria before coming to the states to play alongside Steph Curry at Davidson College.
“Hoops for Hope” expected to raise about $4,000 on Saturday. “And hopefully the kids get the message about contributing, doing something positive, and giving back to somebody else,” said Paul. “I might wash a car for somebody,” said event organizer Matt Paul. “We want this to be a fun community event.”
Local businesses also contributed, donating anything from gift certificates to discounts to free haircuts. Said Jim Lee, Commissioner of Ward Three in Springfield Township, who helped support and market the event Saturday: “It’s great to have hoops in Oreland. These courts have a rich history of summer league basketball.”
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