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Support for Families in Need

Respect Challenges supplies funds to organizations who help various families across the US. Funds are
used to obtain food, shelter, clothing, school supplies and other items to help these families with basic
necessities. The goal is to support as many families as possible. Presently we are involved in helping to
support approximately 80 families.

Bookbags Michael Cerisano with Cellabos Family

We support this daytime shelter for women in Newark NJ; by supplying funds to help this special
place operate. They have given homeless women, some with children or grandchildren, a place to go
during the day when night time shelters are closed. The shelter also provides a safe, warm, and caring
environment where a woman can come and receive nourishment and hope while they try to put their
lives back together.

Dave Coppola at Ladies &  Babies Rest daytime shelter
Dave Coppola at Ladies & Babies RestLadies having lunch

Respect Challenges supplies grants to help further the education of young women in need.  Without this grant, the opportunity to obtain any education in the medical or any other field, would only be a dream and seem impossible.

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Grants For Inner-City Activ ities

We recently gave a grant to Troop 759 in Harlem to help send them to a summer camp at Camp Keowa in upstate New York.

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One of the project Respect Challenges has given grants to is the Newark Eagles Baseball Team managed by Rodney Mason.

Eagles pitcherNo one expected the Elizabeth Avenue Eagles, a Newark, N.J.-based little league baseball team, to make it to the semifinals of the playoffs.

The team truly defied the odds. Last year, their field was filled with dirt and broken glass. When the season began, some of their players couldn't even afford gloves.

"Off the field, they see pretty much life as bad as it can get," said Jon Schuppe of the Newark Star-Ledger, who has been following this team from the beginning of the season. "A lot of them come from homes that are broken, fathers who they have never known, and mothers who are working, or have their own problems to deal with."

Eagles hitterTo top it off, at the season's start, they stunk.

"It reminded me of 'The Bad News Bears,'" said Coach Rodney Mason. "But I knew that, in a matter of time, we could get together and make this work."

Newark Eagles Baseball TeamMason, who the kids call "Coach Rock," coaches from an unconventional seat: his wheelchair. He is a paraplegic. A bullet remains lodged in his spine from the days he dealt drugs on the street, before he turned his life around. Mason has taken this haphazard group with little to no baseball experience and given them the skills to succeed, on and off the field.

"I really know what they are going through and can relate to most of them," Mason said. "I am trying to give them a positive path instead of a negative path."

Newark is a city currently battling gangs, drugs and violence.

Irene McKoy, grandmother of Derek Fykes, the team's catcher, credits baseball as the activity that keeps her grandson off the street.