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Spreading Holiday Cheer with Alonzo Gee

The charitable nature of the professional athletes we talk to never ceases to amaze us. Sunshine Gameday was able to arrange a bit of holiday cheer this year with the help of an exceptionally thoughtful and giving ball player. We hosted an event at Dicks Sporting Goods in Palm Beach with NBA player, Alonzo Gee. Gee is a Florida native, born in Riviera Beach in 1987. He last played for The Denver Nuggets.

The day was a shopping spree for 10 disadvantaged kids to each spend $200 courtesy of our partner Dicks Sporting Goods with Alonzo for the holiday season.

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View Alonzo’s Instagram post here.

Bringing joy to those who are less fortunate is what Sunshine Gameday was made for. Naturally, being able to bring joy to these kids during the holiday season makes it even more special. We look forward to more events like this in the future. We would also like to especially thank Alonzo Gee for taking the time out of his day to help spread cheer.

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A Short Note About A Father’s Joy

“Nachas,” also spelled “Naches,” is a Yiddish word meaning that you are happy and proud, especially, according to the Jewish English Lexicon, the “proud pleasure, special joy-particularly achievements of a child…” Sometimes we don’t like to shower our teenagers with too many compliments for fear of swelling their heads. Thus, reducing their motivation.

As a father of a teenage boy, Ben Myerow, I feel much nachas about his recent accomplishment in forming his own 501(c) (3) not-for-profit.  With his friend Ari Zebersky, Ben started Sunshine Gameday Inc. I witnessed them spending countless hours asking questions and filling out government forms to bring their dream to reality.

Sunshine Gameday Inc. was inspired by Ben’s love of professional sports and his longing to attend as many pro games as his schedule and my budget would allow. The boys conceived the idea of “giving back” to community by taking disadvantaged local kids to the games with them. They built a website, started a Gofundme campaign, promoted themselves to local community leaders, and found groups of kids to help. There is nothing more worthy, in my humble opinion, than seeing your own son organizing an event to bring local at-risk kids to a ball game. Watching my teenager buying souvenirs, hot dogs and pretzels for a group of local orphans will be a cherished memory.

A little boy a few years ago, is now a young man who is calling corporate sponsors, writing business letters and conducting himself like an adult. It is supremely satisfying as a father. I did not have the chance to show my own dad what I could do in life since he passed when I was just 13 years old. So, I relish every moment of fatherhood in all my children’s accomplishments. Ben has shown me that with a little guidance young people can do great things.

Although he is a high school junior and will only be under my roof for another 18 months, my hope is that he can take this idea to the next level. I am encouraged by his boundless enthusiasm, and desire to continue to build the organization wherever he attends college. He is starting to think on a greater scale by asking himself what potential exists to have a Gameday affiliate in multiple cities. Baby steps can lead to big things. The boys have a number of upcoming events on the calendar and I will be beaming with pride each time they bring joy to South Florida’s disadvantaged youth.

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Local Students Launch Sunshine Gameday Charity

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Two local high school boys have started Sunshine Gameday Incorporated, a 501(c)(3) not for profit. The organization’s mission is to bring underserved and disadvantaged youths to professional sporting events throughout South Florida. Ben Myerow, a junior at University School at NSU and Ari Zebersky, a junior at Posnack developed the idea for Sunshine Gameday together.

Ben and Ari wanted a way to give back to their community. Naturally, their mutual appreciation for professional sports became the catalyst for their charitable venture. It dawned on them that they could give back to their local community by bringing South Florida kids to sporting events who otherwise may not have the chance to attend.

“It seemed like a challenge. It was not easy at first to understand the steps involved in getting an organization like this started from scratch,” said, Myerow. He further added, “Working alongside my close friend, Ari, is making it fun for both of us.” The pair is raising donations through a GoFundMe campaign and are soliciting donations of cash and sporting event tickets. They are currently working with a handful of community organizations to bring their kids to the games. Zebersky said, “We have a lot of work to do: gather food, arrange buses, and hopefully some professional athlete meet and greets for the kids. I know it won’t be easy, but we are excited to show what two high school students can do.”

The teenagers will be setting up a volunteer network at their respective schools and hope one day to expand the idea to other schools in South Florida. “When we started this, there was nobody really doing this anywhere, we looked locally and on the internet and found that it is a pretty unique idea.” stated Myerow. So far in the first month, the organization has successfully brought a group of teens from Jafco in Sunrise and from the 505 Teen Center in Delray Beach.

When asked, Ben’s father, Dean Myerow stated, “I see history repeating itself, because I started a local chapter of a fraternity with Ari’s dad, when we were in college. I am beaming at how hard they are working to get this off the ground.”

Sunshine Gameday’s website is https://sunshinegameday.com. They can be contacted by email at sunshinegameday@gmail.com. All donations will be accompanied by a federal tax donation form.

SOURCE Sunshine Game Day Incorporated

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