Bay Space athlete wins Billie Jean King youth award

Serra observe and field athlete Rishan Patel will get the Billie Jean King Youth Management Award at the annual ESPY’s award exhibit on Wednesday night.

But it will not be for the reason that of a blazing time in the 100-meter sprint or hurdles.

Patel, a 16-calendar year-old from Atherton, created a nonprofit corporation named Alley-Oop Children that installs lockers with sporting devices at “under-resourced schools to use for PE and school sports activities.”

From as near as Aspire College or university Prep in Richmond and Summit Prep in Redwood City, to educational institutions in India, Patel’s business has served above 100 educational facilities. 

“I never even know how to place it into words and phrases,” Patel explained to the Bay Area Information Team on Wednesday early morning. “I think I was shocked and ecstatic, seriously. That experience was just mad, and it is however lingering these days although I wait to go to the show.” 

Patel mentioned the person glory is not why he is so thrilled to acquire the honor. Patel is a single of 13 honorees, whose achievements include things like donating thousands of socks to homeless veterans and making a system that helps kids with disabilities learn how to skate. 

Rishan and his older brother Shay had the notion to start out Alley-Oop when they played basketball as a child in 2014, which took him to fewer-affluent places of the Bay. 

“Being from Silicon Valley, one of the wealthiest spots in the state, I’d have basketball procedures 10 minutes absent in East Palo Alto and in Oakland,” Patel reported.

“After people practices and game titles, I’d discover that there is children who did not have the exact sources I did. Some of them have been participating in in slides, and using deflated volleyballs as basketballs.”

The Patels experienced loads of substantial-high quality gear that was becoming unused, so the brothers gave it to a nearby university that required it significantly far more than they did.

What commenced as one particular donation turned into a mission. Patel stated he companions with an group identified as Excellent Sports to get equipment for absolutely free, spending only for delivery. He explained that as the nonprofit has gained recognition, people today have started to donate as properly. 

“Now that our challenge is in the media additional, we have persons achieve out to us and talk to if they can give us their utilized sports activities devices that is in excellent issue,” the Serra college student said.

Serra observe coach Jim Marheineke is both happy of and unsurprised by the results of Patel’s challenge. 

“Working with Rishan in the classroom and on the track, it is no surprise to see him complete so significantly for so lots of individuals,” Marheineke informed the Bay Area Information Team through email. “Whether impacting one single particular person, or countless numbers, this is what becoming a Serra Padre is all about – generating a distinction for other folks in a selfless way.“

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