This October, Casey Stockton ’12 will board a plane for Rwanda. Among the items he’s taking to the war-town country are several basketballs and real hope for a better future.
Stockton was one of only two recent college graduates offered the chance to participate in the Shooting Touch Sabbatical Program (also known casually as the Basketball Peace Corps) this fall. The sabbatical is a 10-month trip funded by a $25,000 grant that will pay for everything from Stockton’s plane ticket to the basketballs he’ll purchase for use by children in Rwanda.
Basketball, after all, is at the heart of the Shooting Touch Sabbatical Program. It’s an initiative requiring participants to develop work programs using basketball as a foundation to help educate children and positively impact communities in Third World countries.
An educational studies major from Ann Arbor, Mich., Stockton was a four-year letterwinner on the Big Red basketball team who already has a background of service through sport.