Before Emma Girls departed for spring break, they were asked to bring back unused athletics clothing and gear to donate to the Banda Bola Sports Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing after school mentoring and sports activities for children in Malawi, Africa.
Emma’s wellness and athletics department initiated the donation and partnered with the student council to collect as many contributions from the Emma community as possible, including the former athletics uniforms from the gym’s basement.
Emma Girls arrived back on Mt. Ida with boxes brimming with shorts, jerseys, cleats, balls, and more. In total they collected:
- 340 short sleeved jerseys
- 157 pairs of shorts
- 51 slinglets
- 20 athletic skirts
- 19 pairs of sneakers
- 15 long sleeved jerseys
- 11 pinnies
- 17 t-shirts
- 15 soccer balls
- 2 pairs of cleats
- 1 sweatshirt, a hockey stick, and a pair of flip-flops
Coach Keni Banda, founder of the Banda Bola Foundation, picked up the donation at Emma and spoke to the girls about the joys their goods would bring boys and girls in Malawi. He spoke in particular about how the girls would benefit, as Banda Bola allows them to participate in activities traditionally reserved for boys.
Girls in Malawi are required to wear dresses to school, and for many, it’s their sole clothing option. Through Banda Bola, girls get the opportunity to wear athletic apparel and move around, allowing them to gain new understanding and appreciation for their bodies while having fun with their male and female peers.
Thanks to the student council and the wellness and athletics department for making this possible, and to the Emma community for your generosity!