The Spirit of Giving...

Jan. 04, 2013, 3:08 p.m. (ET)

The Spirit of Giving…

Before going home for the holidays, Hawfields Middle School students were pleasantly surprised by receiving a wonderful gift from USAB and Yonex.  As teachers Lisa J. Ward and BJ Condron talked to students about the ‘spirit of giving’ and the holiday season, three boxes wrapped as presents for the Physical Education Department were revealed.  Students listened intently and began to anticipate what might be in the boxes.  The packages were unwrapped by three school Badminton Club members in front of approximately 75 wide-eyed students.   Everyone cheered wildly as boxes were opened containing sixty Yonex rackets and 12 tubes of nylon shuttles.  Students couldn’t wait to get their hands on the new equipment in order to play one of their favorite games – Helter Skelter Badminton (a version of half-court doubles).  The smiles and exuberant expressions were priceless!

The gift of the new equipment began with a request to the United States Badminton Education Foundation (USBEF) for assistance to replace 10+ year old rackets for Physical Education instruction at a middle school in the heart of the Atlantic Coast Conference where BADMINTON IS AS POPULAR AS BASKETBALL.  The sport is so popular in the area that a local high school (that these students feed into) has recently painted lines for three courts due to student requests to play badminton!

The president of USBEF, Harry Orr, made USA Badminton aware of the plea for assistance and CEO Dan Cloppas agreed to work out the details with Yonex to provide the equipment.

Thank you YONEX, thank you USA Badminton, and thank you US Badminton Education Foundation for helping put the wheels of giving in motion and get 2013 started with a real bang for over 600 grateful middle school students!