We visited with Shay Patel and his family last August soon after he started Alley Oop Kids to raise money to bring athletic equipment to 60 low-income kids involved in after school basketball at the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, East Palo Alto Chapter. That project was successfully completed in October, 2014 with $6,000 raised. Sixty gear packs —complete with all new basketballs, shoes, socks, jerseys/shorts, water bottles and bags — were donated.
Shay’s mother Supna recently sent us an email about her son’s latest project: “Shay and his team of kid volunteers are working on their next project! He’s recruited 15 kid volunteers to raise enough funds to send 50 foster kids and their mentors to a professional sports games to inspire then and give them a day of fun.
“He’s partnered with CASA of San Mateo County who manages 100+ foster kids and pairs them with a mentor to give them a consistent, caring adult in their life. None of these kids have been to a game like this before. This time all donors are entered into a raffle to win an Apple Watch.”
Photo of Shay Patel taken by Irene Searles in August, 2014