Written by H4H Champion, Cipho Dube
During my recent trip to the United States, I had the privilege of meeting Ritchie Brew, a nine year old Hoops 4 Hope supporter. At the invitation of Mark Crandall I went out to Amagansett Elementary School to meet Ritchie and shoot some hoops. Upon our arrival at the school on a chilly Tuesday afternoon we met up with Richie had just got out of class and eager to shoot around with us.
Richie is a well-mannered, shy, playful boy with a lot of curiosity about what happens in Africa and how he can contribute to the cause of H4H. His curiosity matches that of African kids who also ask so many questions about the world, beyond what they know.
Just like many kids I know back home, he hopes to play just like Dwayne Wade when he’s bigger. He also plays his part in making the world a better place. He jokes at how, after donating money he saved from his birthday to help people in Haiti, he keeps getting emails from the Red Cross thanking him for his generosity. I realize that the H4H concept of UBUNTU is not only making a difference in Africa but everywhere else we connect with people.
Ritchie tells me about the local team he plays for and how he’s been working on his game. He goes to the free throw line to make a few shots and asks me why the basketball courts in Africa have potholes and how good the kids there are at their game.
I was impressed by this young man and how selfless he was. At nine years old he realizes that someone, somewhere in the world, needs help and he is willing to help. It’s all we really need to make a difference.