Our cause for the 2011/12 school year was to send a team of student-athletes on a service trip to Kenya in July to build schools, assist with healthcare, and teach sports skills. Our goal was to help lift Kenyan villages out of extreme poverty through education.
18 dedicated leaders from across the country went to Kenya as a group of people and left as a family who had made a big difference. The trip was a huge success!
Our cause for 2012/2013 school year is to turn our efforts to a Nation project. We will be sending 42 student-athletes on a week-long Service Trip to New Orleans, LA to help the youth of the community by refurbishing playgrounds and sports fields, painting a school, and conducting a leadership workshop for disadvantaged kids.
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School: University of North Carolina
Sport: Track and Cross Country
Malia is a junior on the track and cross country team at UNC. She is majoring in biology and plans to attend medical school and specialize in either pediatrics or sports medicine.
Malia was selected to be in the spotlight for her dedication to changing the world. Malia traveled to Kenya with SALSC in the summer of 2012 and has recently been instrumental in organizing the current SALSC service trip to New Orleans in the summer of 2013. Malia is a Louisiana native so her passion for giving back to New Orleans has been very evident. SALSC Co-founder Jeff Janssen, referred to Malia as an "all-around do-gooder!" It is people like Malia who are so clearly committed to wanting to give back to their community, state, country, and world who truly represent the core values of SALSC.
Thanks for your continued passion to changing the world, Malia. We are so happy to have you as a part of our team!
"I have always been passionate about giving back because I feel that it is my responsibility to use the resources and opportunities that I have been blessed with to help those that are not so fortunate. SALSC has given me the opportunity to combine both my passion for athletics and service while working with other student-athletes who are also driven to make a difference in the lives of others." ~Malia Cali
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