“I want to challenge each and every kid in here to try and volunteer in the community at least 10 hours a month,” the Indiana Pacers Forward-Center said to thousands of Trinity students at a Sept. 2 pep rally. “Now that sounds like a lot, but you’ve got 720 hours in a month, and I’m just asking for 10, so I think that’s a fair deal.”
Students who participate will accumulate volunteer experience that will benefit them on their college applications. “You’re not only helping your community when you’re going out and volunteering; you’re helping yourselves as well,” Myles told the students. “And United Way is going to make sure that this process goes smoothly for everybody.”
United Way is working with 6 Stones and other nonprofit organizations in the HEB area to provide volunteer opportunities for the students such as helping in an emergency assistance warehouse or a community garden. The students will contact 6 STONES to make arrangements for their projects. Those who volunteer 80 to 100 hours will be recognized at the end of the school year. The Trinity High student who completes the most volunteer hours will be awarded the Charles Clark Volunteer Service Award presented by United Way and named after Trinity High Head Custodian Charles Clark.
Click here for more information about the Myles Ahead Volunteer Challenge.
Like United Way, Myles wants to inspire young people to get involved in their community. “I have a soft spot for kids,” said Myles, “because I know that kids are what’s coming up next and what’s going to shape the face our community and just this planet as a whole.”
Myles grew up in Bedford, and he gives back to the HEB community as much as he can. He encourages others to do the same. “This is the community that raised me and got me up on my feet, so I want to make sure I’m supporting where I came from and never forget where I came from,” he said. “The United Way is a beautiful organization doing great things for the community. I really think more people really need to be involved with it.”
Click here to learn more about Myles and why he supports United Way of Tarrant County.
“It’s a wonderful thing to have a young man develop his skill and expertise in your local school district and then take that talent on to a bigger stage and be successful there,” said United Way-Northeast Regional Director Dr. Faye Beaulieu. “The icing on the cake with Myles is that he now wants to inspire those young men and women coming up behind him to recognize need in their community and respond to it through volunteer service. It just doesn’t get any better than that.”