Access to Success Foundation
Access to Success (A2S), the foundation created by former Davidson men’s basketball player Andrew Lovedale to benefit underprivileged children through athletic, education and spiritual programs, is preparing for a pair of firsts:
- A trip to Lovedale’s hometown Benin City, Nigeria, from June 27-July 6.
- The inaugural “Kicks from ‘Cats: The Andrew Lovedale 5K” walk/run on the Davidson College cross country trail on Sept. 10, 2011.
The Nigeria team includes Lovedale, Davidson College Assistant Sports Information Director Lauren Biggers, former Davidson Assistant Director of Marketing and Promotions Morgan Clark, Davidson graduates Claire Asbury (2010) and Eloise Grose (2006) and Lowe’s Companies Inc. employee Lindsay Biggers. They’ll spend 10 days in Lovedale’s hometown of Benin City.
The trip will focus on building long-term partnerships with three schools, an orphanage and a church. The team will also be delivering the basketball shoes raised earlier this year through the Kicks from ‘Cats Shoe Drive, held at the Davidson College men’s basketball game against the College of Charleston on Jan. 29, as well as other sporting equipment and school supplies donated by Lowe’s employees. They’ll also run basketball and volleyball clinics.
The inaugural “Kicks from ‘Cats: The Andrew Lovedale 5K” will take place on Sept. 10 on the Davidson College cross country trail, in conjunction with the Davidson College Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The men’s race will begin at 9 a.m., with the women’s race starting at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $25 for runners and $15 for walkers who are pre-registered (online at active.com by September 9 or by mailing the race application before September 3).
On Sept. 10, cost of race is $30 for runners and $20 for walkers. Davidson students pay $20 to run and $10 to walk and can use their CatCards. All proceeds go directly to A2S programs.
“Thanks to Davidson College, the Davidson men’s basketball program and the Town of Davidson, Access to Success continues to grow every day, relishing an immense opportunity to change lives,” A2S President Andrew Lovedale said in a press release.
“The love and support of the Davidson community is second to none. Thank you for helping us help underprivileged youth understand that geography should not determine whether or not they can dream, and that in the sight of the Lord, every child is unique.”
To learn more about A2S, the Nigeria trip or The Andrew Lovedale 5K, visit a2sfoundation.org.
The team will be blogging their experiences from Benin City next week on the A2S Blog. To register for the 5K, click on the 5K tab and either download the brochure or use the “Register Now” button to register online. To volunteer or inquire about corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact race director Lauren Biggers at firstname.lastname@example.org.