AKA sponsors 'Fun Day' for kids
By Ken Rogers, The Messenger
Tamyria Burch proudly showed off her T-shirt, which was autographed by Troy University basketball player Jarvis Acker.
Asked her favorite part of Fun Day With Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the 9-year-old said, "When he's **** the ball."
Acker and Troy teammates Richard Damus and Jonathan Lee put on a little exhibition against some Charles Henderson High students for the crowd of about 50 children at the Troy Housing Authority Family Day Center on Saturday.
As the basketball was winding down, several Troy University football players arrived to lead the final hour of the four-hour Fun Day.
Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sponsored the Fun Day for child residents of the Troy Housing Authority.
"We usually give the children at least one book to take with them," AKA member Catherine Jordan said. "This year, Carolyn Hampton and Sasha Tuck kind of led the idea to make it bigger than just a book giveaway. It made it a lot more fun for the kids."
"We had water relays, face painting, a three-point **** contest and a lot of games and activities," Hampton said.
"All the kids got T-shirts - and they did all get at least one book to take home," Tuck said. "It's part of the Reading Is Fundamental program."
Italia Mitchell, 5, carried her book around with her. She wasn't going to leave it behind. But asked her favorite part, Italia said she like the basketball the best.
After the Troy players won their scrimmage, Acker went into the stands, drawing a couple dozen star-struck children who tried to bear hug him in a swarm.
"I love kids," Acker said. "I'm glad to be out here."
Jordan said the Fun Day started around 9 a.m. and the event wound down around 1 p.m.
"We didn't have to grill out because Sonic provided lunch for everybody," she said. "They asked what we needed and cooked hot dogs and hamburgers. We appreciated that because that let us give our time to the kids instead of grilling the food."
kudos to the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha. That looks like it made a wonderful impact in the lives of those children. So good to see our people giving back and reaching out to those who need it. I would have love to have seen the joy on those babies faces. Hmmm....that gives me some ideas. Off to the drawing board :arrow: