The foundation has Siler and Quarles as board members. And the duo uses the proceeds from Siler's annual basketball camp, which is held every summer for a week, to help fund part of the total cost of the meals.
|Siler and Quarles had lots of help from Jaguar supporters Saturday.|
The two first met as teammates on the basketball team at Richmond Academy before becoming Jaguars. "We graduated in 2004. Been besties since," Quarles texted Saturday after the end of the event Siler called a "record setting success."
Siler has played professionally, including a run with the Phoenix Suns, for the almost ten years since finishing at Augusta University. Quarles is in his sixth season as Augusta's assistant coach.
Darrin Shine saw a need and met it in overwhelming fashion
|Darrin Shine has distributed 1,500 pairs of sneakers during the past three holiday seasons.|
Another Richmond Academy graduate, Darrin Shine, also has a several year long streak of providing people with something extra special during the holidays. Three years ago Shine, who starred on the hardwood at Delaware State and led the Hornets to an NCAA tournament appearance in 2005, noticed something about the children he has worked with doing his job at the Augusta Recreation and Parks Department:
After one of the children came one day to the recreation center with no shoes, Shine brought him a pair of his to keep the following day. That was when the idea hatched for the "Kickz 4 Kidz Sneaker Give Away," which just saw its third year. Shine has helped put sneakers in the hands of more than 1,500 children already.
In addition to his charity work and his job as a program coordinator at the Carrie Mays Community Center, Shine spends many of the hours the rest of us use for sleep at a 2,000 square foot facility on Perkins Road training aspiring basketball players.