Preparations underway for the annual basketball tournament, distribution of school supplies
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Several local business owners in the Corpus Christi area want to make sure students and their families throughout the community are ready for the new school year.
The local businessmen, most of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds, say their bond grew out of a mutual dedication to philanthropy.
“We decided to do this event because there were years when we went to school without the necessary materials that we needed,” said Derrick Boston.
Derrick Boston grew up in Corpus Christi and is now one of the city’s most successful DJs and has worked with some of the biggest artists in the music industry.
Boston and his organization are preparing to hold a basketball tournament where they will collect school supplies from attendees and donors, distribute them the next day, and provide free haircuts and braids for children.
Boston says that when he was a kid, his mother and grandmother would take him to back-to-school events.
“We know going back to school can put a big dent in parents’ pockets depending on how many kids you have,” Boston said.
Local hosts Bell and XP will face off in Saturday’s basketball game for the second year in a row to help collect school supplies for children returning to class.
The basketball game starts on August 6 at the Corpus Christi Police Athletic League, located at 702 Brownlee Blvd.for an entrance fee of $5 or a donation of school supplies.
Doors open at 2 p.m., with a pre-game starting at 2:15 p.m. and the main game scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
A pre-game 3-point shootout is scheduled with a $5 entry fee and a halftime kids’ free throw contest is free.
The the distribution of school supplies will take place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on August 7 at BluRRRy Fadez, located at 3912 SPIDand the organizers will distribute backpacks filled with school supplies needed for the next school year.
There will be various barbers and hairdressers available to provide free haircuts and hair braids to children of all ages.
“We decided to reach out to a few barbers and hair braiders to see if they could volunteer their time to help us get kids back to school,” Boston added.
Boston and other contractors in the organization once performed mandatory community service as young teenagers, and now they’re helping inner-city youth, which has created a looping moment for them.
“Our plans and goals for this year are simply to help, support and inspire confidence in every child that we can possibly reach. I know we won’t be able to reach every child in town, but we’re just trying to do our part,” Boston said.
The organization said it plans to expand the event next year with more sponsors and donors attending the basketball game and handing out school supplies.
Boston says they are currently accepting community donations for the Aug. 7 giveaway.
For more information, more details, or to find out how you can help, contact Ramon at 361-558-2793.