Helping to Level the Playing Field His talent for basketball, commitment to education and unwavering ability to dream transported Andrew Lovedale from living in poverty in Nigeria to attending college in the United States. Now he’s helping children in his homeland to succeed. Lovedale, who studied political science and economics at Davidson College in North Carolina while on a basketball scholarship, created the Access to Success (A2S) Foundation in 2010 to empower youth in Nigeria through sports and education. “I see myself in every child we serve,” Lovedale says. “I am that child who walked miles to fetch water. I am that child who went weeks without electricity and studied for exams by candlelight. I am that child who defied the odds.” A2S collaborates with communities in Nigeria to provide meals, award scholarships, offer after-school programs, hold sports camps and construct libraries. A young woman receives an eye screening at an Access to Success health clinic in Nigeria. Lion Michael Corbett found out about A2S while visiting his son at Davidson College. He contacted Lovedale and learned about the great need for eye glasses in Nigeria. Corbett’s Delaware Lions Club in Ohio donated two years’ worth of collected glasses—5,000 pairs—to A2S for children and adults in need, along with funds for transportation. Lovedale is grateful, knowing how many lives will be uplifted. “With these glasses, parents can assist their children with homework. Children who struggle with vision problems won’t have to put their educations on hold. The glasses give the children one less thing to worry about on their paths to becoming the best members of society they can be,” explains Lovedale. “The circumstances you live in should not determine whether you are able to dream or not.” Lions, has your club heard from a recipient of your service or charity? Tell us about the feedback you’ve received from those whose lives you’ve changed for the better. Email a brief description to email@example.com. Please include “Thank You” in the subject line.
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