Middle-Schooler Helps Detroit PAL

June 22, 2015

Samantha Ruud is a 7th grader at Clague Middle School who worked incredibly hard to help out the 12,000 kids that Detroit PAL serves. Samantha decided that she wanted to do something to help kids have the opportunity to play sports, even if they couldn’t always afford the equipment. She had always wanted to collect sports equipment for a cause, so she spoke to her local YMCA in Ann Arbor and they guided her to Detroit PAL.

“I feel it is important to give back because I get amazing opportunities to succeed, and I think other kids should too,” Samantha said, “I’ve learned that it is easy to do something for the community!”

Samantha collected new or gently used sports equipment at her school, her softball practice facility, and at a local sports store. She put out collection boxes and signs and even made morning announcements daily at her school. After a rough start, donations started to pour in from all over the community!

“As soon as we got a huge box full of donations, she was so excited,” Heidi Ruud, Samantha’s mother, stated, “Her eyes lit up! We are very proud of our daughter for her effort.”

Heidi Ruud helped Samantha drive around to her collection bins and pick up donations. The large number of donations they received meant that they routinely had to empty the boxes. Samantha was able to donate bins full of baseball bats, gloves, helmets, cleats, bags, soccer balls, basketballs, and footballs.

“We are very thankful to our community for helping us out,” said Heidi, “We hope the equipment enables children to play a sport they love.”

Detroit PAL is so grateful for this and every donation we receive. This equipment will be going directly to our kids and coaches in our sports programs. The donated equipment allows many kids to be able to participate in these programs, where they learn about not only athletic skills, but also about character building and teamwork.

Thank you Samantha and Heidi Rudd and the entire Ann Arbor community for the donation!