Three Michigan hoops players visit kids’ Detroit lemonade stand (Video) — UPDATE: Revenue given to city of Detroit (awesome)
Joshua Smith, 9, and Dwayne Durant, 10, had a vision. They spent last week running a lemonade stand in their parents’ front yard just like many kids across the country. The profits weren’t going to go toward a video game or sports equipment. Their focus was on the bigger picture. Their revenue was going to be given to the struggling city of Detroit.
The boys’ endeavor made local news. They had hundreds of customers, including Detroit mayor Dave Bing. They actually raised more than $2,000. Bing told Smith and Durant that while he appreciated the offer, the boys should keep the money for their college fund.
On Friday, the boys received a tremendous surprise. An hour before their business was set to open, there was a knock on the Smith’s front door. Three members of the University of Michigan basketball team – junior forward Jordan Morgan, sophomore guard Trey Burke and senior guard Corey Person – made the one-hour trek from Ann Arbor to give Smith and Durant some business and tell them how cool their idea as. The three brought signed t-shirts and hats for the boys.
“I read the article myself about what you were doing out here,” said Morgan. “I called my teammates and we had to come support you. This is big for someone your age.” Person added, ”There’s a lot of kids our age that’s not even doing a thing that you’re doing.”
$2,000 for one week’s worth of work is impressive for anyone two-man team. For a nine and ten year old, it’s incredible. Their motives – awesome. And you can’t say enough about the class act the Morgan, Burke and Person showed by paying the kids a visit.
For video of the visit, click HERE.
The two young boys amazingly ended up following through on their promise Tuesday morning. Per the Detroit Free Press:
Joshua Smith, the 9-year-old Detroit boy who earned national attention for setting up a lemonade stand to help raise money for his cash-strapped city, presented a check to the city today for $2,832.64 with his family.
His father, Flynn Smith said his son’s effort raised $3,600 in profit — more than triple the $1,000 Joshua initially hoped to raise when he first set up the stand on July 30. Flynn Smith said remainder will be presented to the city by electronic bank transfer later.
Joshua was given a Spirit of Detroit award last week for his youthful entrepreneurship by Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, who this morning called Joshua a superstar and “wonderful young man.”
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