WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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number of the Shooting Touch fundraising events, including as ball boys at the Shooting Touch Holiday Tournaments in 2011-13 and helping out at the Shooting Touch Annual Galas in 2012-14. In the late fall of 2014, Alex and two friends, Max Tracey (Wellesley High School) and Mathias Tankersley (Brooks School), interviewed retired NBA player, Grant Hill, who talked to them about the importance of athletes giving back to the community. Their article was published on SLAMonline, the Slam magazine website. Inspired by Hill, the Stoddard brothers decided to raise money so that Shooting Touch could build a basketball court for kids in Rwanda. During the summer of 2015, the boys set up a fundraising table in front of Roche Bros. supermarket to collect donations. They also worked with teammates and friends to organ- ize a basketball clinic they named Shooting Touch Kids 4 Kids. Sixty kids from across Massachusetts spent a fun afternoon with coaches from Wellesley High School, Noble and Greenough School, The Rivers School, Brooks School, Brimmer and May, and Groton School—all who volunteered their time to lead stations at the clinic. Basketball players from local high schools assisted the coaches. In addition, the student organizers of Shooting Touch Kids 4 Kids solicited dona- tions from friends and family and several local businesses including Fells Market, Tufankjian Toyota, and local basketball camps. 109 f a l l 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Student Athletes Alvie explained, "Alex and I have been fortunate to attend many Shooting Touch basketball camps and clinics. Justin always encouraged us to be the best we can be, on and off the court. We wanted to help and started volunteering at their fundraising events." Alex chimes in, "My brother and I have met some of our very best friends through basketball. I am glad we were able to rally our friends and coaches and share our love of the game with kids locally and even as far away as Rwanda."

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