My name is Gabriel Manga. I am about to start my senior year at U of M. My friend Jean-Luc Deschaine (U of M class of '09) and I are currently developing a project entitled L'Hockey Folie. Nearing the end of our studies we wanted to use some of what we have learned at U of M and through playing hockey all our lives to help children who otherwise would not have these same opportunities. Beginning in October, l’Hockey Folie will introduce the game of hockey to a group of under served children aged 6-10 from a district in Toulouse, France afflicted with high unemployment rates, poverty, and cultural isolation. By sharing a new sport with the participating young people, the project strives to enrich their lives by connecting them with a positive activity that we hope will last a lifetime.
Currently we are looking for people to donate used rollerblades, sticks, gloves, and helmets so that we can outfit these kids with the proper gear. Anything in usable condition would be greatly appreciated.
There are two ways to donate:
You can drop equipment off at our office located at :
127 Adams Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
You can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time for us to come pick up your gear (so long as you live within a reasonable distance from Ann Arbor).
The donation of your equipment can have a lasting effect on the life of a child in Toulouse. Please feel free to e-mail us if you have any questions or comments. You can find out more info from our website (linked above).
Thank you and Go Blue!
Gabriel Manga&Jean-Luc Deschaine