Ethan and Brooke Babbitt (pictured above) from Grand Haven, MI
Let’s just be honest, Charity Ball wouldn’t be what it is without the help of some amazing people. The real heroes are the ones who sacrifice by doing things like giving up their birthdays, donating their allowances, collecting bottles, organizing tournaments and inviting friends to do things bigger than themselves.
This post is a shout out to some of the people who have recently something with Charity Ball to make the The Beautiful Game even more beautiful.
- Brooke Babbitt – For her 10th birthday, Brooke hosted a party at a local bowling alley. She sent out a letter to all her friends and soccer teammates before the event that she would be requesting money to donate to Charity Ball instead of gifts. Brooke felt inspired to use her birthday to share soccer with other kids around the world. “I already have a ton of stuff,” she said.
- Lawrence Kaplin – Traveled to Haiti a few weeks ago and hand-delivered balls to kids
- Grant, Mickey, Bryce, Alex, and Colton – Played in an Illinois soccer tournament on behalf of Charity Ball
- Leo Adams – Hosted a soccer game for his 10th birthday and asked the kids who came to make donations to Charity Ball. He raised $525, enough for 21 soccer balls.
- Jeremy Hurd – Charity Ball advocate extraordinaire organized his youth soccer team to promote Charity Ball at (Region I) regionals
- Leigh Sears and Hope College Women’s Soccer Team– Secured finances to help fund the Play [well] Cup
- Garrison Mast, David Krapohl, Bryce Eggers, and Andrew Keizer – Played in a tournament on behalf of Charity Ball
- Amelia Leopold – Created a Bat Mitzvah project to purchase kids new soccer balls
- Drew VanAndel – Raised finances for the Play [well] Cup Tournament in Mozambique
- Zach Kammeraad – Rallied people, spread the word and made phone calls to potential sponsors
- James Los– College student who has financially invested in Charity Ball on a regular basis since the beginning
To the real heros…