I couldn't imagine my life without sports. While I wasn't particularly good at the myriad of sports that I tried (basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, horseback riding, or swimming), I was blessed with the opportunity to try. I had the proper equipment, coaches, and facilities to ensure that if I did happen to be any good at something, it would be recognized and nurtured.
My son Evan, @paceofspace on Twitter and Instagram, is a member of the Beaches Teen Advisory Panel. Part of his duties as a panel member is to encourage people to participate in programs that benefit the Caribbean through the Sandals Foundation. He and the panel have visited Turks and Caicos, donated books and school supplies to a school there, and read to the children to help raise awareness of the Sandals Foundation's Reading Road Trip initiative.
Now, Evan and the Beaches Teen Advisory Panel are working with the Sandals Foundation and Dwyane Wade's Wade's World Foundation on the Game Changer non-profit initiative to help children in the Caribbean to get upgraded and refurbished sports courts, afternoon training and coaching sessions, sports equipment, apparel, and mentoring.
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About the Game Changer Initiative:
The Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm Sandals and Beaches Resorts, has partnered with Wade's World foundation, the charity of the three-time NBA Champion, Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, on Game Changer. Game Changer is an integrated sports program aimed to provide underprivileged youth in the Caribbean and South Florida with access to planned sports and recreation. Click here to donate - put "donating for Evan" in the comments:
About the Beaches Teen Advisory Panel:
The Beaches Resorts Teen Advisory Panel (TAP) invites influential teens from all over the world to hone in on what teens are looking for at Beaches Resorts and help to create the ultimate teen experience from amenities to activities. In the words of the founder of TAP, Sabrina Steward, TAP is THE source of teen intelligence. Learn more here:
Disclosure: As a part of the Beaches Teen Advisory Panel, Evan was given the basketball used in the video and other compensation. As always, our opinions are our own.