Kids shoot hoops, raise money for orphans

Published 4:43 pm Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Kerry Satterwhite threw orange T-shirts to the eight enthusiastic kids practicing free throw shots at Columbiana United Methodist Church Saturday.

All of the kids were there with the same goals in mind — shoot 2,057 free throw shots for Hoops for Hope and have fun doing it.

Hoops for Hope is an organization that provides medical care to orphaned kids in Africa. Satterwhite said he saw a commercial for the organization during last year’s March Madness and felt like he could do something here in Shelby County.

“It was just that I realized how blessed I was to have the parents I had and the family I had,” Satterwhite said. “Most of the kids we are trying to help have no one.”

He knew that he could at least make a small impact by calling up a few friends.

By doing just that, Satterwhite and friends collected just over their $1,000 goal.

That money will go toward constructing a medical facility in Zambia. The facility will provide caregiver kits and bicycles for caregivers to travel through villages.

“We really hope people find out about what we are doing and want to get involved,” Satterwhite said. “Maybe next year this will grow even bigger.”