In the wake of the humanitarian crisis after Hurricane María devastated Puerto Rico, the Teddy Dupay for Kids Fund (“TD4Kids”), Teddy Dupay’s philanthropic fund, announced yesterday it has joined forces with the MCS Foundation to launch a campaign consisting of inspirational basketball training sessions and fundraising aimed at helping kids recover from Hurricane Maria on the island of Puerto Rico.
As part of the “Ball 4 Hope” campaign, Teddy Dupay and his Teddy Dupay Basketball Academy (“TDBA”) team, will bring much needed messages of hope and perseverance during week-long basketball training sessions held at schools and clubs across the island from March 5 to 9, 2018. TDBA will also be raising awareness through the hashtag #DontForgetPR and raising funds which will be matched dollar for dollar by Medical Card System, Inc. (“MCS”) to be used directly in support of initiatives to improve the outlook of children in Puerto Rico by the MCS Foundation, Inc.
“We are so excited to come down to Puerto Rico for Basketball Week! My hope is to motivate the kids who’ve weathered the storm, encourage them to persevere during these difficult times and assist in helping everyone in Puerto Rico regain a sense of normalcy. I promise we will bring a ton of enthusiasm, put a lot of smiles on their faces and help create some positive momentum that will change their lives!” remarked Teddy Dupay, the founder of TDBA and TD4Kids.
“We are very excited to welcome Teddy Dupay back to Puerto Rico to deliver his motivational and inspirational messages to kids in Puerto Rico. Having watched him in action and understanding that many of these kids have been through a lot the last few months, we know his unique style, weaving messages about overcoming adversity as he teaches basketball, will spark hope in these kids, many of whom may be feeling without hope after Hurricane Maria made their already difficult situations worse for many families. Puerto Rico needs its youth to believe in their future here so that the island can come back stronger than before. This creative project goes beyond raising money to include a component to help Puerto Rico recover in the long term, explained Liana Marante O’Drobinak, MCS Foundation’s Executive Director.
Donations to the “Ball 4 Hope” campaign can be made via PayPal, debit or credit card at www.teddydupay.com/puertorico. The matching donation campaign is a component of “Green for Puerto Rico” campaign, a $1.5 million funding effort through which MCS matches every dollar raised up to $750,000 of tax-deductible contributions to MCS Foundation.