How often do you get to make children’s wishes come true? At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene we were fortunate to have just such an opportunity this summer, and couldn’t be happier with the results.
Eagerly agreeing to be the title sponsor, Steinger, Iscoe & Greene helped fund the event which was hosted by NBA greats Josh Howard and Trevor Booker. The festival included a basketball tournament and activities organized by Face It Athletics, a local nonprofit. All told, it raised $1,000 for the school.
But that’s not where the story ends. During the planning of this event, we heard about a Carver student’s wish: to have their school mascot, an eagle, emblazoned on the gym floor. The student had seen mascots on the floors of other schools’ gyms, and felt that adding it to their own team’s home court would boost school spirit and get kids excited about the upcoming year.
This student wasn’t alone. A number of Carver students agreed, but unfortunately, due to a tight budget Carver Middle School wasn’t in a position to add the mascot.
Our founder, Michael Steinger, knew we could make a difference. Schools continually face budget cuts that restrict their arts and athletics programs, but it’s these very activities that help challenge students and build them up so they reach their full potential. Creative, athletic and team-based activities not only build school spirit, they help students shine.
Steinger, Iscoe & Greene took action—and we weren’t alone. While our firm paid for the cost of the mascot being professionally painted on the gym floor, another local business stepped in and offered to refinish the wood floors at no cost. Together, we transformed a 20-year-old gymnasium floor into a basketball court that truly stands out.
Students at Carver say they’re happy and excited. It’s a good feeling to see kids excited about their school and taking pride in their team. We know that adding a mascot is a small act, but it’s one that means a lot to these kids and we’re glad we could make a difference in one local school.
Photo credit: Delray Forum