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College Spotlight: NC Wesleyan College

May 27, 2008 01:22 PM

The North Carolina Wesleyan Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the creation of a new community service initiative: Tennis Shoes 4 Africa. The project was devised by head tennis coach Dominic Modise, while Wesleyan junior Ashley Ball (pictured right) is serving as its current Ambassador. The program revolves around the donation of used pairs of shoes that will be shipped to Coach Modise's hometown of Mmabatho, South Africa, where kids fight the effects of poverty and disease on a daily basis. There, the shoes will make their way into the hands of tennis hopefuls of all ages!

"I grew up in Mmabatho and my parents were not well-off," says Modise. "During the Apartheid era, life was not easy to say the least. My friends and I used to cut bicycle tires to patch our shoes. It was a way of life for us."

Modise (pictured left) shared stories such as this with Ball, as well his idea for the project. Ball took an active interest in turning this "idea" into reality, and before long, the two were building a website to promote the project.

"I was sincerely touched by Coach Modise's strength... not just with tennis, but with life," says Ball. "He is a great coach, mentor, and friend."

Ball adds, "I am hoping to travel to South Africa with Coach Modise this summer to deliver these donations, and I would like to write my Honors thesis about my experiences there."

Modise urges everyone to support this worthy cause, stating, "I believe that you can make an impact in the lives of young people in Africa who lack many opportunities. You can make a difference by donating a pair of shoes. It doesn’t have to be a new pair... any pair can help."
Modise and Ball will also be collecting any used tennis balls and/or racquets. Donations can be shipped to the Department of Athletics or dropped off in the Taylor Center at any time.

For more information, please visit their website at www.tennisshoes4africa.org.
Help brighten a child’s day in South Africa!

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Modise is currently in his first year as head tennis coach at North Carolina Wesleyan, while Ball is an Honors student who is lettering in tennis for a third consecutive season. More information on both is available at www.tennisshoes4africa.org.

 

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