HIGH POINT, N.C., July 10, 2014 – Members of High Point University’s Men’s Basketball team and Recreation Services recently engaged with local children at the Family Service of the Piedmont’s Fairview Family Resource Center’s “Boys Night Out.”
The HPU students assisted boys aged 10 to 13 years old with basketball warm-ups, held a Q&A session, displayed some of their dunking skills and signed autographs while serving ice cream from the HPU ice cream truck. The evening’s activities were designed to help the boys make good choices as they enter young adulthood.
“It was a great event,” said Mat Allred, HPU Recreation Director. “The kids saw the basketball players as role models, and the players realized the impact they can have on their community. They shared the message that hard work, staying in school and making good grades are important to being successful on and off the court.”
“All of the boys reported that the evening was helpful and that they learned about character traits that were important to apply in their lives,” added FFRC Program Manager Andrea Dalporto.
“Spending the evening at the ‘Boys Night Out’ was an amazing experience for my teammates and me,” said senior Brian Richardson. “It is such an honor to be able to give back to the community in this way, and I hope that our message resonates with this group of young men.”