Seventh grader raising money for basketball scholarships

Created: August 20, 2020 11:33 PM

While we've all seen how the pandemic impacts sports of all types, it's also hard for local sports groups. One young Northlander is holding a fundraiser that will provide scholarship funds for local basketball.

A seventh grader from Lakeview Christian Academy, Nathan Easty, is holding a bike and shoe sale to raise money for the Salvation Army's Rookie Basketball Association. Nathan participated in the RBA last year and wants other kids to have the same opportunity, especially in these odd times with COVID-19.

"He came up with this idea to sell some bikes and some gently used shoes and then use some of the money he gets from that to go towards scholarships to help out the RBA, so that we can help out those families that need help this season," said RBA Coordinator Kris Mallet.

With the time on his hands this summer and needing to complete some service projects Nathan looks forward to helping out the RBA. And Mallet also says this comes at an important time where people may need the extra help to give their kids the chance to play on the court.

"Especially this year with COVID, it's a really unusual year, because some families just aren't working, and don't have the money necessarily for basketball that they might need to use for groceries or bills or that sort of thing," said Mallet.

She says they're still working on the details of what the RBA season will look like, but said it will largely depend on how school goes this year in Duluth.

If you would like to help donate towards RBA scholarships, checks can be mailed to the Duluth Salvation Army or dropped off at their Duluth offices, or online. They just ask that you say that you are wanting your donation to go towards an RBA scholarship.

Nathan's bike sale is this Saturday in Duluth.

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