Four Grade 6 school boys came together to collect unused sports kits for children at underprivileged schools in South Africa. Recently they gave 13 full cricket kits to a club in Alexandra.
Brothers, Somaan Khan and Aazan Khan, Ross Garrett and Michael Adamson have teamed up to make a difference in underprivileged communities. They set up Play It Forward Jozi, to make a difference in South Africa.
The four boys decided to collect old and second-hand sporting equipment that can be sent to underprivileged children, schools and sporting clubs. They started collecting takkies and sports shoes, racquets, bats, hockey sticks, golf clubs, gloves and balls.
They have set up a collection point at their school, Bryanston Primary School.
“Just a group of Jozi boys, looking to make a difference in the lives of sport-loving kids who aren’t in a position to kit themselves out.” – Paul Nixon
Once they receive the donations, they look for deserving schools and individuals to send the items to. The boys have requested that schools in need come forward and let them know that they need help, that way the boys can start collecting for the schools on their list.
Recently, the Alexandra Hub Cricket contacted Play It Forward Jozi to ask for assistance with some cricket gear. It took a little while to collect everything but the boys managed to put together 13 full cricket kits for the hub.
“Jason from the Alexandra Hub Cricket was extremely patient whilst we built up a collection of cricket equipment for his club, it took the boys about 2 months to build up a donation of 13 bags of cricket equipment to donate to Jason and his teams, which they handed over on Saturday 8th September 2018. Included in the donation were cricket bags, bats, pads, helmets, clothing, shoes etc.” – Alison Garrett
Cricket was first introduced in Alexandra in the form of mini cricket in 1985, where guys such as the current president of Central Gauteng Lions board, Jack Madiseng were introduced to the game of cricket. Alexandra cricket club was formed in 1995 where it started participating in leagues around Gauteng.
“The highlight in the history of the club is the inclusion of Raisibe Ntozakhe in the Momentum Proteas team that took part in the world cup in England and Wales during 2017.
She has subsequently been awarded a national contract since that time and is currently on tour with the national team in West Indies. She started playing cricket at one of our feeder schools, Skeen primary school and has been representing the club since her mini cricket days.”- Jason Maswanganyi
Jason, the head coach, confirmed that since the hub was established, many children have benefitted and gone on to successful futures in the sport.
“The HUB system was introduced by CSA in an effort to make sure that cricket is played in areas where it might not have been accessible before and to ensure that all kids within the HUB get quality coaching and are afforded an opportunity to showcase their skills against kids from all walks of life
Since the inception of the HUB system in Alexandra, we have seen a total of 17 boys have been awarded scholarships to attend schools such as Jeppe High school for boys, Queens high school and Highlands North boys high school. These scholarships focus both on the cricketing skills and academic side of things and the aim is to give those kids an opportunity that they would otherwise not have had if they hadn’t got those scholarships.”
The donation has meant that 13 more kids will be able to play the sport. They can achieve their full potential. Meet the four boys below, they are making such a difference in South Africa. You can get involved by donating or requesting assistance on their Facebook group here.